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 Stream
24 Préludes, Op. 11
1 00:57 Amazon
2 02:11 Amazon
3 00:53 Amazon
4 02:06 Amazon
5 01:57 Amazon
6 00:50 Amazon
7 00:57 Amazon
8 01:29 Amazon
9 01:49 Amazon
10 01:21 Amazon
11 01:24 Amazon
12 01:45 Amazon
13 01:51 Amazon
14 00:58 Amazon
15 02:20 Amazon
16 02:22 Amazon
17 00:53 Amazon
18 00:52 Amazon
19 01:06 Amazon
20 01:05 Amazon
21 01:34 Amazon
22 01:30 Amazon
23 00:34 Amazon
24 00:56 Amazon
6 Préludes, Op. 13
25 02:22 Amazon
26 00:51 Amazon
27 01:15 Amazon
28 01:03 Amazon
29 01:02 Amazon
30 01:39 Amazon
5 Préludes, Op. 15
31 01:34 Amazon
32 00:51 Amazon
33 01:05 Amazon
34 01:38 Amazon
35 01:16 Amazon
5 Préludes, Op. 16
36 02:58 Amazon
37 01:07 Amazon
38 02:07 Amazon
39 01:03 Amazon
40 00:35 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
7 Préludes, Op. 17
1 01:23 Amazon
2 00:52 Amazon
3 02:07 Amazon
4 01:28 Amazon
5 01:06 Amazon
6 01:47 Amazon
7 01:08 Amazon
4 Préludes, Op. 22
8 01:39 Amazon
9 00:57 Amazon
10 00:55 Amazon
11 00:55 Amazon
2 Préludes, Op. 27
12 01:30 Amazon
13 01:19 Amazon
4 Préludes, Op. 31
14 02:16 Amazon
15 00:43 Amazon
16 00:31 Amazon
17 01:25 Amazon
4 Préludes, Op. 33
18 01:09 Amazon
19 01:15 Amazon
20 00:30 Amazon
21 00:54 Amazon
3 Préludes, Op. 35
22 00:45 Amazon
23 03:12 Amazon
24 01:07 Amazon
4 Préludes, Op. 37
25 01:43 Amazon
26 00:59 Amazon
27 02:02 Amazon
28 00:50 Amazon
4 Préludes, Op. 39
29 00:49 Amazon
30 01:24 Amazon
31 01:14 Amazon
32 01:05 Amazon
4 Préludes, Op. 48
33 00:34 Amazon
34 01:43 Amazon
35 00:25 Amazon
36 00:54 Amazon
2 Préludes, Op. 67
37 01:25 Amazon
38 00:53 Amazon
5 Préludes, Op. 74
39 01:07 Amazon
40 01:36 Amazon
41 00:45 Amazon
42 01:35 Amazon
43 00:55 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Trois morceaux, Op. 2
1 02:35 Amazon
2 00:42 Amazon
3 01:11 Amazon
12 Etudes, Op. 8
4 01:31 Amazon
5 01:33 Amazon
6 01:51 Amazon
7 01:22 Amazon
8 02:23 Amazon
9 01:42 Amazon
10 02:16 Amazon
11 03:22 Amazon
12 03:58 Amazon
13 01:57 Amazon
14 03:40 Amazon
15 02:22 Amazon
8 Etudes, Op. 42
16 01:56 Amazon
17 00:42 Amazon
18 00:56 Amazon
19 02:04 Amazon
20 03:08 Amazon
21 01:27 Amazon
22 00:50 Amazon
23 02:17 Amazon
3 Etudes, Op. 65
24 02:59 Amazon
25 01:58 Amazon
26 01:51 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:51 Amazon
10 Mazurkas, Op. 3
2 04:00 Amazon
3 01:52 Amazon
4 01:36 Amazon
5 03:51 Amazon
6 04:33 Amazon
7 02:00 Amazon
8 03:11 Amazon
9 02:51 Amazon
10 02:56 Amazon
11 05:21 Amazon
9 Mazurkas, Op. 25
12 02:41 Amazon
13 02:51 Amazon
14 02:00 Amazon
15 02:54 Amazon
16 03:13 Amazon
17 01:56 Amazon
18 03:52 Amazon
19 01:40 Amazon
20 02:31 Amazon
21 04:56 Amazon
2 Mazurkas, Op. 40
22 01:25 Amazon
23 01:04 Amazon
24 01:04 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Deux Impromptus à la Mazur, Op. 7
1 02:59 Amazon
2 02:38 Amazon
Deux Impromptus, Op. 10
3 03:19 Amazon
4 02:24 Amazon
Deux Impromptus, Op. 12
5 04:02 Amazon
6 03:22 Amazon
Deux Impromptus, Op. 14
7 01:54 Amazon
8 03:59 Amazon
Deux Poèmes, Op. 32
9 02:25 Amazon
10 01:30 Amazon
11 03:13 Amazon
12 05:28 Amazon
13 03:19 Amazon
Deux Poèmes, Op. 44
14 01:19 Amazon
15 01:03 Amazon
16 05:43 Amazon
Deux Poèmes, Op. 63
17 00:53 Amazon
18 01:41 Amazon
Deux Poèmes, Op. 69
19 01:32 Amazon
20 01:07 Amazon
Deux Poèmes, Op. 71
21 01:54 Amazon
22 01:34 Amazon
23 05:25 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 08:01 Amazon
Deux Nocturnes, Op. 5
2 03:01 Amazon
3 02:14 Amazon
Prélude et Nocturne pour la main gauche, Op. 9
4 02:11 Amazon
5 04:08 Amazon
6 05:19 Amazon
7 05:52 Amazon
8 08:18 Amazon
Trois morceaux, Op. 45
9 01:20 Amazon
10 00:21 Amazon
11 01:39 Amazon
12 01:18 Amazon
Trois morceaux, Op. 49
13 00:33 Amazon
14 00:49 Amazon
15 01:04 Amazon
Quatre morceaux, Op. 51
16 01:27 Amazon
17 01:47 Amazon
18 00:43 Amazon
19 01:05 Amazon
Trois morceaux, Op. 52
20 01:55 Amazon
21 00:59 Amazon
22 01:00 Amazon
Quatre morceaux, Op. 56
23 01:20 Amazon
24 02:10 Amazon
25 00:56 Amazon
26 00:31 Amazon
Deux morceaux, Op. 57
27 00:53 Amazon
28 01:09 Amazon
29 01:21 Amazon
Deux morceaux, Op. 59
30 01:13 Amazon
31 01:48 Amazon
Deux danses, Op. 73
32 02:58 Amazon
33 02:02 Amazon
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