Scriabin Piano Sonata no. 5 in F-sharp Major op. 53 (1907)
Scriabin is a composer we rarely discuss but he is a great and very unique one. Since these sonatas represent his middle period during which he wrote some of his most archetypal yet accessible works and because these two sonatas are so short, I thought a comparison of stylistic growth and complexity as well as technical details would make for an interesting discussion. They are also in the same key and share certain characteristics such as an eroticism and languid mood but as you'll hear, the 5th is far more advanced.
Here are the suggested performances but there are many, many others:
Laredo plays the sonatas very well although the piano she used for these recordings is slightly out-of-tune. Some will no doubt fault her playing for a lack of imagination and freedom but I think her performances illustrate that a straightforward approach with Scriabin balances some of the music's inherent indulgence. There is a tightness and (particularly in the 4th's second movement) a rhythmic vitality that I find essential.
I'll add a short blurb tomorrow as I have things to do this evening. Wiki has a decent analysis of the 5th:
I hope you like these pieces as much as I do.