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5.0 out of 5 stars A must
I purchased this version after reading a review from Christophe Huss. Even if I was prepared, I got a shock. This version is well above Muti and Ashkenazy. Especially sym 2 and 3 that always looked boring to me became clear and bright, just as the first one. The recording quality is also much much better than Svetlanov's versions on Melodiya.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scriabin Symphonies - Svetlanov (1996)
The most important thing that a prospective buyer should know about this set is that these are NOT reissues of the classic Melodiya recordings from the 1960's; they were recorded 30 odd years later in 1996. Pity that neither Warner nor Amazon tell you that. The performances are tired and more self indulgent than the earlier recordings. The Poem of Ecstasy lacks ecstasy...
Published on 2 July 2007 by C. Burmajster


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5.0 out of 5 stars A must, 28 May 2013
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This review is from: Scriabine : Integrale Des Symphonies - 3cd (Audio CD)
I purchased this version after reading a review from Christophe Huss. Even if I was prepared, I got a shock. This version is well above Muti and Ashkenazy. Especially sym 2 and 3 that always looked boring to me became clear and bright, just as the first one. The recording quality is also much much better than Svetlanov's versions on Melodiya.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scriabin Symphonies - Svetlanov (1996), 2 July 2007
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C. Burmajster "Chris Burmajster" (Marlow, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scriabine : Integrale Des Symphonies - 3cd (Audio CD)
The most important thing that a prospective buyer should know about this set is that these are NOT reissues of the classic Melodiya recordings from the 1960's; they were recorded 30 odd years later in 1996. Pity that neither Warner nor Amazon tell you that. The performances are tired and more self indulgent than the earlier recordings. The Poem of Ecstasy lacks ecstasy and Prometheus lacks fire. Svetlanov was one of the great conductors of the 20th Century, especially in Russian music, but these particular recordings don't do him justice.

The advantages are that the sound is better. The recordings are still multi miked as usual, but the engineers haven't fiddled too much with the peak to mean ratio which gives climaxes the effect the composer surely intended. Also, Svetlanov finds a Karajan like power in the climaxes, quite lacking in the older set.

Die hard music lovers won't be put off, but if you're new to either Classical Music or to Scriabin, seek out the old '60s set for a more authentic Scriabin sound world. Better still, if you can tolerate the grotty mono sound, try Golovanov, who is virtually guaranteed to blow your socks off!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Scriabin, Excellent Svetlanov, 22 Nov 2007
This review is from: Scriabine : Integrale Des Symphonies - 3cd (Audio CD)
These are the 1996 recordings. The tip off should be the name of the orchestra--Orchestre Symphonique d'etat de la Federation de Russie rather than the State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR. As with all Svetlanov recordings of Scriabin they are well worth checking out.
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