Maria Lettberg

Alexander Scriabin: Das Solo-Klavierwerke [CDs+DVD]

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For many years, listeners who wished to own the complete piano works of Alexander Scriabin had little other recourse than to settle for Michael Ponti’s analog recordings on Vox, or to assemble a playlist piecemeal from various artists. Fortunately, Swedish virtuoso Maria Lettberg has recorded all of the published solo piano music for Capriccio, and it is an exceptional offering that fills collectors’ needs admirably. Lettberg has made Scriabin’s music a specialty within her large and varied repertoire, and her performances are consistently insightful, polished, and electric, which places her set among the finest recordings available. Her handling of the ten piano sonatas seems almost effortless and uncannily natural, despite their enormous technical demands and textural and rhythmic complexities, and her vibrant interpretations bear comparison with any other great pianist’s. The preludes, etudes, mazurkas, impromptus, poems, and other short pieces are just as impressive, and Lettberg elevates each to the highest level of execution and expression. Because Maria Lettberg is not yet a household name in the United States, and Capriccio has limited distribution outside Europe, listeners should make a special effort to remember her and acquire her Scriabin, because the opportunity is too good to miss. Presented on eight CDs with a bonus DVD that offers video clips of some of the sonatas and Vers la flamme, and an interview with Lettberg, this trimline box may not look like a deluxe package, but the extraordinary music it contains is priceless.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
24 Préludes, Op. 11
1 0:57
2 2:11
3 0:53
4 2:06
5 1:57
6 0:50
7 0:57
8 1:29
9 1:49
10 1:21
11 1:24
12 1:45
13 1:51
14 0:58
15 2:20
16 2:22
17 0:53
18 0:52
19 1:06
20 1:05
21 1:34
22 1:30
23 0:34
24 0:56
6 Préludes, Op. 13
25 2:22
26 0:51
27 1:15
28 1:03
29 1:02
30 1:39
5 Préludes, Op. 15
31 1:34
32 0:51
33 1:05
34 1:38
35 1:16
5 Préludes, Op. 16
36 2:58
37 1:07
38 2:07
39 1:03
40 0:35

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
7 Préludes, Op. 17
1 1:23
2 0:52
3 2:07
4 1:28
5 1:06
6 1:47
7 1:08
4 Préludes, Op. 22
8 1:39
9 0:57
10 0:55
11 0:55
2 Préludes, Op. 27
12 1:30
13 1:19
4 Préludes, Op. 31
14 2:16
15 0:43
16 0:31
17 1:25
4 Préludes, Op. 33
18 1:09
19 1:15
20 0:30
21 0:54
3 Préludes, Op. 35
22 0:45
23 3:12
24 1:07
4 Préludes, Op. 37
25 1:43
26 0:59
27 2:02
28 0:50
4 Préludes, Op. 39
29 0:49
30 1:24
31 1:14
32 1:05
4 Préludes, Op. 48
33 0:34
34 1:43
35 0:25
36 0:54
2 Préludes, Op. 67
37 1:25
38 0:53
5 Préludes, Op. 74
39 1:07
40 1:36
41 0:45
42 1:35
43 0:55

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Trois morceaux, Op. 2
1 2:35
2 0:42
3 1:11
12 Etudes, Op. 8
4 1:31
5 1:33
6 1:51
7 1:22
8 2:23
9 1:42
10 2:16
11 3:22
12 3:58
13 1:57
14 3:40
15 2:22
8 Etudes, Op. 42
16 1:56
17 0:42
18 0:56
19 2:04
20 3:08
21 1:27
22 0:50
23 2:17
3 Etudes, Op. 65
24 2:59
25 1:58
26 1:51

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
10 Mazurkas, Op. 3
2 4:00
3 1:52
4 1:36
5 3:51
6 4:33
7 2:00
8 3:11
9 2:51
10 2:56
11 5:21
9 Mazurkas, Op. 25
12 2:41
13 2:51
14 2:00
15 2:54
16 3:13
17 1:56
18 3:52
19 1:40
20 2:31
21 4:56
2 Mazurkas, Op. 40
22 1:25
23 1:04
24 1:04

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Deux Impromptus à la Mazur, Op. 7
1 2:59
2 2:38
Deux Impromptus, Op. 10
3 3:19
4 2:24
Deux Impromptus, Op. 12
5 4:02
6 3:22
Deux Impromptus, Op. 14
7 1:54
8 3:59
Deux Poèmes, Op. 32
9 2:25
10 1:30
11 3:13
12 5:28
13 3:19
Deux Poèmes, Op. 44
14 1:19
15 1:03
16 5:43
Deux Poèmes, Op. 63
17 0:53
18 1:41
Deux Poèmes, Op. 69
19 1:32
20 1:07
Deux Poèmes, Op. 71
21 1:54
22 1:34
23 5:25

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 8:01
Deux Nocturnes, Op. 5
2 3:01
3 2:14
Prélude et Nocturne pour la main gauche, Op. 9
4 2:11
5 4:08
6 5:19
7 5:52
8 8:18
Trois morceaux, Op. 45
9 1:20
10 0:21
11 1:39
12 1:18
Trois morceaux, Op. 49
13 0:33
14 0:49
15 1:04
Quatre morceaux, Op. 51
16 1:27
17 1:47
18 0:43
19 1:05
Trois morceaux, Op. 52
20 1:55
21 0:59
22 1:00
Quatre morceaux, Op. 56
23 1:20
24 2:10
25 0:56
26 0:31
Deux morceaux, Op. 57
27 0:53
28 1:09
29 1:21
Deux morceaux, Op. 59
30 1:13
31 1:48
Deux danses, Op. 73
32 2:58
33 2:02
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