Klara Min

Scriabin

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By emphasizing the Romantic side of Alexander Scriabin on her 2016 release on Steinway & Sons, pianist Klara Min offers early works but avoids the more complex pieces of Scriabin's late period. This is fine for making an album that will appeal to a wide audience, which this CD seems to invite through its moody cover art and fanciful description of Scriabin's music on the back cover. Certainly, such easy to digest pieces as the Prelude in B major, Op. 2, No. 2, the Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1, the Preludes, Op. 11, and the Impromptus, Op. 14, can evoke dreamy or rapturous moods that are attractive to casual classical listeners. But none of these pieces by the "adventurous modernist" convey his intense, mystical explorations after his Chopin-influenced youth, except for the lush Pieces, Op. 57, which hint at what his music would become. Min is a capable pianist with a taste for languid phrasing, and generally subdued dynamics, but her album reflects a view of Scriabin that tells only part of his fascinating story.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:06 Amazon
Impromptus for Piano, Op. 14
2 03:22 Amazon
3 05:01 Amazon
Pieces for Piano, Op. 45
4 01:43 Amazon
5 00:51 Amazon
6 01:39 Amazon
Preludes for Piano, Op. 11
7 01:10 Amazon
8 02:20 Amazon
9 01:07 Amazon
10 02:09 Amazon
11 01:56 Amazon
12 00:57 Amazon
13 01:16 Amazon
14 02:29 Amazon
15 01:42 Amazon
16 01:18 Amazon
17 01:59 Amazon
18 01:46 Amazon
19 01:54 Amazon
20 01:13 Amazon
21 02:04 Amazon
22 02:29 Amazon
23 00:44 Amazon
24 01:17 Amazon
25 01:47 Amazon
26 01:16 Amazon
27 01:58 Amazon
28 01:40 Amazon
29 00:46 Amazon
30 01:13 Amazon
Pieces for Piano, Op. 57
31 01:29 Amazon
32 01:58 Amazon
33 03:51 Amazon
34 02:51 Amazon
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