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Complete Piano Sonatas


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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B008L62WW4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The fascinating character of Scriabin may best be appreciated not through his lush orchestral works, but his innovative piano music. The ten Sonatas for Piano span his career and sketch the path of his advancing melodic and harmonic language. Diabolically talented pianism is required to execute the pieces, provided here by the formidable Dmitri Alexeev.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Luurs on January 16, 2013
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I probably enjoy these performances just slightly more than Mr. Morrison. I believe I have every extant recording of these Sonatas - and I would put this one near the top. But where I disagree on the previous review is...the sound. I actually think the atmospheric quality of the sound adds a dimension to experiencing this recording. I understand his viewpoint -- and normally, I would agree - but with Scriabin - or Ravel - some composers, that slightly ethereal sound works - for me... These performances are an excellent value. I agree too with the previous reviewer that the latter Sonatas aren't Horowitz - but they are still very fine.
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I have admired the playing of Dmitri Alexeev for many years. I heard him once in an all-Rachmaninoff recital and came away so excited that I couldn't sleep that night. I first heard of him when he won the important Leeds Piano Competition in the 1970s. (Some other Leeds winners are Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, Ian Hobson and Artur Pizarro.) So, I was really looking forward to this issue. My benchmark recording for the Scriabin sonatas is that of Marc-André Hamelin Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas which emphasizes structural and non-neurotic elements of Scriabin's admittedly idiosyncratic voice. Others I've liked include Bernd Glemser (who didn't record the complete set) Scriabin: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Nos. 2, 5, 6, 7, & 9 / Fantasy in B minor, Ruth Laredo Alexander Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas (whom I heard play Scriabin in recital as well), and a budget 8-CD (plus 1 DVD) set containing virtually all of Scriabin's solo piano output by an all-but-unknown Swedish pianist Maria Lettberg Scriabin: Das Solo-Klavierwerk (The Solo Piano Works).

Alexeev's approach combines strength and poetry and is almost completely convincing. He is perhaps more convincing in the earlier sonatas, missing some of the rapt quality of the latter ones.
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