Following her 2011 Capriccio set of the complete published keyboard works of Alexander Scriabin, pianist Maria Lettberg has recorded the posthumous works for Es-Dur, along with four preludes purported to be by his son, Julian Scriabin. From the Canon in D minor, composed in 1883 when Scriabin was 11, to the brief Feuille d'album in F sharp major, which was written in 1900, the music bears the strong influence of Chopin, which marked Scriabin's early period. When compared with his visionary piano sonatas or any of the mature works, these short pieces may seem like mildly interesting ephemera. However, Lettberg gives them the same sensitivity and poetic feeling that she applied in her previous recordings, and it's evident that she relishes them. Her attentiveness to details and expressive playing make the preludes by Julian Scriabin just as enjoyable, and even though there may be some doubt of authorship, Lettberg notes the stylistic connection between father and son and plays with the same delicacy and passion. The recorded sound is bright and transparent, and it captures the distinctive qualities of the Bechstein grand piano, Scriabin's preferred instrument and Lettberg's choice for this album.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Sonata in E flat minor|
|Zwei Preludes, Op. 3|