Alexander Scriabin

Poèmes (2) for piano, Op. 32

    Description by Robert Cummings

    By the time Scriabin composed the Poèmes (1905), he had already shaken off all significant keyboard influences, and his style had fully matured. Still, his artistic persona was still evolving; his tonal idiom would become less stable, his harmonies more daring, his sound world more ethereal.

    The first of these two short Poèmes, marked Andante cantabile, has an airy innocence in its glistening mists and hazy images. It is impressionistic without invoking the musical language of Debussy, and is marked by bursts of passion. The second Poème, marked Allegro con eleganza con fiducia, is darker, a quality at once evident in its grim, nervous opening. It is typical of the composer in its fiery quality, mixing grace and thunder, hesitation and determination. Muscle and sweat yield suddenly to a quiet ending, leaving much unresolved.

    Parts/Movements

    1. No. 1, in F sharp major. Andante cantabile
    2. No. 2, in D major. Allegro. Con eleganza. Con fiducia

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Decca
    2016 Melodiya MELCD 1002312
    2015 Hyperion CDA 67988
    2014 Ars Produktion ARS 38153
    2013 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 9145092
    2013 Warner Classics
    2013 Decca 4785093
    2012 Nimbus Alliance NI 6198
    2012 Decca B 001709102
    2012 Decca
    2012 Decca / Universal
    2011 Naxos 8572440
    2011 Capriccio Phoenix / Capriccio Records 49586
    2011 Marquis Records MAR81415
    2010 Thorofon / Zebralution
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 447 105-2GH
    2009 Danacord 677
    2009 MSR Classics 1326
    2009 Naxos 8570412
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Mirare 061
    2007 Amado Classics 4000
    2007 Marquis Records 81369
    2007 Classical Records 60
    2006 Harmonia Mundi HMN91 1914
    2005 Palexa 512
    2005 Classical Records 14
    2004 Cedille Records 74
    2002 Disques Pierre Verany 797013
    2002 Vox CD5X3606
    2001 Brilliant 99228
    2001 Glissando 27
    2001 Glissando 779032
    2001 BIS 1142
    2000 Americus Records 19991013
    1999 Philips 454987
    1999 Philips 456970
    1997 Decca
    1997 London 452961
    1994 ASV 6153
    1993 Russian Disc 15004
    AK-AK 1
    Brilliant 99230
    As Disc 5008
    Russian Compact Disc (RCD) 16247
    Arlecchino 31
    Amado Classics 04032
    Philips 422068
    Enterprise 4131
    Christophorus 0061
    Mezhdunarodnaya-Kniga 417063
    Nimbus 5176
    Arlecchino 42
    Originals 858
    ABC Classics 4766301