Maria Lettberg

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

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

by Blair Sanderson

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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

Track Listing - Disc 5

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

Track Listing - Disc 6

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

Track Listing - Disc 7

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

Track Listing - Disc 8

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