Alexander Scriabin

Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 2/1

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This étude was the first of the Three Pieces from Op. 2 that are generally dated to the period between 1887-1889. Scriabin was 15 years old when he wrote this étude in 1887, a time when he was already an admirer of Chopin and Liszt. The influence of the former can be heard in the harmonies and emotional tenor of the piece, but the main theme is more akin to the singing melodic creations Rachmaninov would be writing in a few years. Yet the melody divulges characteristics of Russian Gypsy music in its melancholy exoticism. This melody is really at the heart of this popular piece, one of Scriabin's earliest successes. It has an arch-like contour, soaring upward in its first half, but only partially descending. Emotionally, the music is full of passion and romance, but features a sense of anxiety, too, in the end conveying some sadness or frustration in lovely simplicity. The piece lasts about three minutes and will offer appeal to most fanciers of piano music.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 A Life of Music Records
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88875032272
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon B002475702
    2016 Steinway & Sons STNS 30045
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4795448
    2015 Aparte AP 107
    2015 Sony Classical 88875038372
    2015 IBA [Idil Biret Archives] / Naxos 8571302
    2015 MSR Classics MS 1502
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon B002403702
    2015 Signum Classics SIGCD 426
    2015 Hyperion CDH 55242
    2015 Warner Classics 0825646052400
    2015 Appian / APR (Appian) APR 6017
    2015 BNL Productions BNL 112978
    2014 Challenge Classics CC 72640
    2014 Three Oranges Recordings 3OR 14
    2014 Three Oranges Recordings
    2014 Sony Classical 88883734622
    2014 Mirare MIR 218
    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon B001999602
    2013 First Hand / First Hand Records FHR 19
    2013 Dux Records DUX 0902
    2013 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099901924
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2012 Anima Records ANM 120400002
    2012 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4790058
    2012 Mirare MIR 169
    2011 Parlophone
    2011 Piano Classics PCL 0037
    2011 EMI Classics
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099990724
    2011 Documents 233080
    2011 Masterworks Jazz 54862
    2010 Divine Art 21218
    2010 Avi-Music / CAvi-music 8553174
    2010 Sony Classical / Sony Classics 88697604812
    2010
    One
    Ho-Hum
    2010
    One
    Ho-Hum HOHUM 008
    2010 Thorofon / Zebralution
    2010 Eroica Classical Recordings 3323
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4778827
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 DG Deutsche Grammophon 001340802
    2009 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon 4778167
    2009 BBC Legends / BBC Music 42502
    2009 Pierian 0038
    2009 MSR Classics 1326
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Bridge 9287
    2009 Decca / DG Deutsche Grammophon 001341102
    2009 Sony Classical Essential Classics 741940
    2009 Sony Music Distribution 88697575002
    2008 Seychelles / Zebralution
    2008 LIR Classics 70016
    2007 Avanti Records 10252
    2006 Arbiter ARBITER149
    2006 Ar Re-Se 20061
    2006 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0946365332
    2006 Caprice Records 21742
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 Fermate 20022
    2005 APR (Appian) 6002
    2005 Hip-O 000463002
    2004 Pierian 0018
    2004 Sony Classical 93075
    2004 Zig Zag Territoires 030902
    2004 Midnight Music
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000120102
    2003 Dux Records 405
    2003 Sony Classical 93023
    2003 Sony Classical 90445
    2003 Sony Classical 93039
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000098810
    2002 Telarc Distribution 60582
    2002 Telarc Distribution 80582
    2002 Albany Music Distribution 554
    2001 St. Clair 7380
    2001 Haenssler 98412
    2001 Sony Classical 89765
    2001 BIS 1142
    2001 Four Winds 3019
    2000 Pulse / Castle Pulse 557
    2000 ClassicWorks 6616
    2000 SBE Records 9200
    2000 Brioso Recordings 123
    2000 Ars Musici 1259
    1999 Philips 454987
    1999 Biddulph Recordings WHL063
    1999 History 203290
    1999 Sony Classical Essential Classics / Sony Music Distribution 65819
    1999 Philips 456952
    1999 BMG 7432163471
    1998 Supraphon 3324
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 459 070-2GCC11
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 459052
    1998 Dante 9329
    1998 Angel Records 72652
    1997 Le Chant du Monde RUS788032
    1997 RCA Victor Red Seal 74321467252
    1997 Evergreen Music Recordings 11
    1997 Naxos 553070
    1996 Nonesuch 73035
    1996 BIS 119
    1996 Four Winds 3002
    1996 Russian Disc 10026
    1996 Magic Talent 48033
    1996 RCA 61968
    1996 Melodiya 29460
    1995 M Records 001
    1995 Melodiya 29470
    1995 Cala Records 502
    1995 APR (Appian) APR 7029
    1994 Sony Classical 53457
    1994 Valois 4714
    1994 APR (Appian) 7001
    1994 Sony Classical Essential Classics 53461
    1993 Music & Arts 746
    1993 Sony Classical Essential Classics 53456
    1992 RCA 60526
    1992 Hyperion 66607
    1991 ASV 776
    1990 CBS Records 42305
    1988 Centaur Records 2134
    1986 DG Deutsche Grammophon 419 499-2GH
    1985 DG Deutsche Grammophon 419045
    ASV 1
    Ades 20243
    Allen Barton
    Bergonzi String Quartet 8899
    London 433651
    Erato
    History 203293
    Direct-to-Tape 8704
    RCA 68354
    Mezhdunarodnaya-Kniga 417110
    Canal Grande 9104
    Denon Records 18080
    Solstice Records SO 083
    Musical Heritage Society 5170845
    Vanguard 8012
    Ionian Productions, Inc.
    ABC Classics 4766301
    Irene Lafharis 6123
    CBS Masterworks 44681
    CBS Records 42411
    Piano 1
    Mastershow
    Thesis 82018