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Alexander Scriabin

Piano Concerto / Prometheus
Konstantin Scherbakov, Piano
Moscow Symphony Orchestra

Igor Golovchin, Conductor

Naxos 8.550818

 

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

 

Prometheus, The Poem of Fire, Op. 60                

 

"Scriabin seems to be an "in" composer all of a sudden, what with numerous new recordings of his youthful Piano Concerto and late tone poems/symphonies. In the past few months, we've had new recordings by some real "heavyweights", including Boulez and Pletnev on Deutsche Grammophon, Rozdestvensky on Chandos, and Ashkenazy on Decca. This budget-priced production from the composer's compatriots certainly holds its own against all comers. Konstantin Scherbakov plays the concerto with steel and sensitivity in equal measure, and he's particularly successful in knitting together the loose architecture of the outer movements, while at the same time making the filigreed piano writing sound like real Scriabin, rather than Chopin on steroids. The performance of Prometheus is predictably less smooth than the recent Boulez/Chicago, and not as sumptuously recorded. But despite the slower overall tempo, the performance is much more physically exciting and has a naturalness of flow that Boulez doesn't quite match. ... In all, the disc is definitely worth a listen, even if you think you've had enough of this music." David Hurwitz, Classics Today

 

"Totally poetic account. This is as Scriabin originally intended it to sound." Classical reviews

 

"On Naxos Konstantin Scherbakov gives a most poetic account of the Chopinesque F sharp minor Concerto, which is as good as any in any price range. The improvisatory musings of the slow movement come over beautifully, and Prometeus is no less characterful." Penguin Guide