Horowitz: Return to Chicago = Works of SCARLATTI, MOZART, SCRIABIN, SCHUMANN, LISZT, MOSZKOWSKI – DGG (2 CDs)
Vladimir Horowitz pays his last visit to Chicago, resurrected from a long-lost tape from WFMT.
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 5; Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major; Poeme in F-sharp Major; Vers la flamme: poeme; JANACEK: On the Overgrown Path, Book I; Piano Sonata 1 “From the Street” – Stephen Hough, p. – Hyperion
Stephen Hough explores the keyboard world of two exotics, Scriabin and Janacek.
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in f-sharp minor; Etude in c-sharp minor; Prelude for the Left Hand; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; A Night on Bare Mountain – Alessio Bax, p. – Signum Classics
Alessio Bax offer us Scriabin and Mussorgsky in lyrical, if not stentorian, colors.
Masterpieces for the Left Hand, Vol. I = Works of RAVEL, SCRIABIN, PROKOFIEV, BARTOK & BRITTEN [TrackList follows] – var. pianists – Praga Digitals
Praga assembles five works conceived for the left-hand, each commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein.
Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2014 = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20; BEETHOVEN: Variations in E-flat Major; MILHAUD: La Creation du Monde; MENDELSSOHN (arr. Busoni): Symphony No. 1 in c minor; BORODIN: Piano Quintet in c minor; BRIDGE: Cello Sonata in d minor; POULENC: Piano Sonata; Cello Sonata; SCRIABIN: Fantasy in a minor; WEINBERG: Violin Sonata No. 5 – Martha Argerich, piano/Gidon Kremer, v./ Mischa Maisky, cello/ assisting artists/ Orch. della Svizzera Italiana/ Jacek Kaspszyk – Warner Classics (3 CDs)
Some ten days of music-making at Lugano 2014 have their founder Martha Argerich and her musical friends in top form.
A classic reading of late Scriabin by Armengaud embraces the intentionally mystical, erotic, and demonic impulses in this ever-fascinating composer.
The often under-rated Jakob Gimpel in music by Chopin, Liszt, and Scriabin, extending his limited recorded legacy.
Preludes [TrackList follows] – John Roney, solo piano (live at the historic chapel Bon Pasteur) – Effendi
An amazing recital of generally non-jazz improvisations.
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 8 in C Minor; SCRIABIN: Poem of Ecstasy – Leningrad Philharmonic Orch./ Yevgeny Mravinsky – Praga Digitals
Much maligned at its premier, the Shostakovich Eighth now commands respect, and the Scriabin work showcases Mravinsky’s virtuoso ensemble.
Garrick Ohlsson traces out, chronologically, Scriabin’s evolution as a “poet” in music, a journey darkly erotic and boldly illuminating.
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor; Piano Sonata No. 2; Poeme in F-sharp Major; Prelude in G Minor; Four Preludes; Deux Morceaux; Sonata No. 6; Two Poemes; Piano Sonata No. 7, “White Mass” – Matthew Bengtson, p. – Romeo
Over an hour of the music of mystic Alexander Scriabin, a labyrinth of the ineffably compelling and perennially challenging personalities.
Sokolov – The Salzburg Recital [TrackList follows] = Works of MOZART, CHOPIN, SCRIABIN, BACH, RAMEAU – DGG (2 CDs)
The Sokolov 2008 recital from Salzburg reveals a thoughtful, poetic artist whose repertory embraces a grand range of styles.
The too-often neglected Jakob Gimpel, in restorations from 1942-1946, reminds us of the extraordinary breadth and power of his musicianship.
Brailowsky Rarities on CD: NYC, 1940-1955 = CHOPIN, MUSSORGSKY, SCHUMANN, WEBER, LISZT, BACH, LIADOV, SCRIABIN & FRANCK – Fondazione Stauffer (2 CDs)
Almost 40 years since the passing of Alexander Brailowsky, an enterprising French label resurrects some of his finest recorded efforts.
A triumph of will and technical audacity, Daniil Trifonov’s Carnegie Hall recital explores the Romantic ethos brilliantly.
PROKOFIEFF: Symphonies No. 1 “Classical” and No. 2; Dreams – Sao Paulo Sym. Orch./ Marin Alsop – Naxos audio-only Blu-ray
Another fine audio-only Blu-ray of Prokofieff symphonies with Marin Alsop.
MEDTNER plays MEDTNER: Vol. 1 = Eight Fairy Tales; Three Novellas; Festive Dance; Spring; Morning Song; Tragic Sonata; Joyful Dance – Nikolai Medtner, piano – Melodiya
Composer-pianist Nikolai Medtner appears in historic performances of his own works, idiosyncratic and brilliant in every sense.
The Russian mystic and virtuoso Scriabin enjoys a devoted acolyte in Korobnikov, who surveys the etudes and the voluptuous Seventh Sonata.
The debut recording of Carpenter’s new International Touring Organ, together with videos of it.
Keyboard veteran Leon Fleisher returns with a mostly left-hand-only recital; often paying homage to his own repute.
SCRIABIN: Extase: Etudes for Piano = Etude Op. 2, No. 1; 12 Etudes; 8 Etudes; 2 Etudes – Michele Gurdal, p. – Challenge Classics
A new and gifted Scriabin acolyte arises, convinced that the Russian mystic brings ecstatic joy to his hearers and believers.
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp Minor; 4 Preludes; 2 Impromptus; 3 Morceaux; 2 Poemes; Piano Sonata No. 10; 6 Preludes; 2 Poemes; 3 Etudes – Pervez Mody, p. – Thorofon
An audacious collection of music by the “inspired” Alexander Scriabin, including some rare repertory, brilliantly executed.