SCRIABIN The Complete Works

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN

The Complete Works

The First Complete Edtition
Including 64 Newly-Recorded Tracks
Pierre-Laurent Aimard · Vladimir Ashkenazy
Gordon Fergus-Thompson · Valery Gergiev
Benjamin Grosvenor · Vladimir Horowitz
Yevgeny Kissin · Valentina Lisitsa
Lorin Maazel · Ivo Pogorelich
Sviatoslav Richter · Roberto Szidon
Daniil Trifonov
Int. Release 06 Apr. 2015
18 CDs
0289 478 8168 1


Track List

CD 1: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Valentina Lisitsa

3 Pieces for piano, Op.2

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Valentina Lisitsa

10 Mazurkas, Op.3 (1889)

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Valentina Lisitsa

2 Nocturnes, Op.5

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Total Playing Time: 1:05:22

CD 2: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.6

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4:48

Vladimir Ashkenazy

2 Impromptus a la Mazur, Op.7 (1892)

2 Impromptus a la Mazur, Op.7 (1892)

12 Etudes For Piano, Op.8

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Valentina Lisitsa

Total Playing Time: 1:07:14

CD 3: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9

Valentina Lisitsa

2 Impromptus, Op.10 (1894)

2 Impromptus, Op.10 (1894)

24 Preludes for piano, Op.11

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

2 Impromptus, Op.12

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5:28

2 Impromptus, Op.12

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4:18

Valentina Lisitsa

6 Preludes, Op. 13

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

2 Impromptus, Op.14

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3:18

2 Impromptus, Op.14

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4:36

Valentina Lisitsa

Total Playing Time: 1:19:54

CD 4: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
5 Preludes, Op.15

5 Preludes, Op.16

7 Preludes, Op. 17

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Valentina Lisitsa

Piano Sonata No.2 In G Sharp Minor, Op.19 "Sonata Fantasy"

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10:05

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4:12

Ivo Pogorelich

Valentina Lisitsa

4 Preludes, Op.22

Piano Sonata No.3 in F Sharp Minor, Op.23

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time: 1:18:59

CD 5: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
9 Mazurkas, Op.25 (1899)

2 Preludes, Op.27

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Sviatoslav Richter

Piano Sonata No.4 in F sharp major, Op.30

Vladimir Ashkenazy

4 Preludes, Op.31

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

2 Poèmes, Op.32

Vladimir Ashkenazy

4 Preludes, Op.33

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Jean Louis Steuerman

3 Preludes, Op.35

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Total Playing Time: 1:17:51

CD 6: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Valentina Lisitsa

4 Preludes, Op.37

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Benjamin Grosvenor

4 Preludes, Op.39

4 Preludes, Op.39

4 Preludes, Op.39

4 Preludes, Op.39

2 Mazurkas, Op.40

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Valentina Lisitsa

8 Etudes, Op.42

Vladimir Ashkenazy

2 Poèmes, Op.44

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1:21

Jean Louis Steuerman

Trois Morceaux, Op.45

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Valentina Lisitsa

Vladimir Ashkenazy

4 Preludes, Op.48 (1905)

4 Preludes, Op.48 (1905)

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1:31

4 Preludes, Op.48 (1905)

4 Preludes, Op.48 (1905)

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0:56

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Trois Morceaux, Op.49

Valentina Lisitsa

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Anna Gourari

Four Pieces, Op.51

3 Pieces, Op.52

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1:41

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0:52

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Piano Sonata No.5 in F sharp major, Op.53

Sviatoslav Richter

Total Playing Time: 1:21:15

CD 7: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Quatre Morceaux, Op.56

2 Pieces, Op.57

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Two Pieces, Op.59

Valentina Lisitsa

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Sviatoslav Richter

2 Poèmes, Op.63

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Three Etudes, Op.65

Three Etudes, Op.65

Three Etudes, Op.65

Valentina Lisitsa

Total Playing Time: 53:37

CD 8: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Vladimir Ashkenazy

2 Preludes, Op.67 (1912-13)

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1:54

2 Preludes, Op.67 (1912-13)

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0:56

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

2 Poèmes, Op.69

2 Poèmes, Op.69

Two Poèmes, Op.71

Vladimir Ashkenazy

2 Danses, Op.73

Sviatoslav Richter

5 Preludes, Op.74

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0:56

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0:44

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1:00

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time: 59:02

CD 9: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Anna Gourari

Valentina Lisitsa, Anush Hovhannisyan

Valentina Lisitsa

Roberto Szidon

Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa, Anush Hovhannisyan

Valentina Lisitsa

Anna Gourari

Vovka Ashkenazy, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Sonata in E Flat Minor, WoO 19

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4:26

Roberto Szidon

Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa, Richard Watkins

Valentina Lisitsa

Total Playing Time: 1:23:12

CD 10: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Traditional
Variations on a Russian Folk Song

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0:57

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Variations on a Russian Folk Song

Kuss Quartet

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Andante & Scherzo for Strings

Andante & Scherzo for Strings

Hamburg Strings, Anna Preyss-Bator

Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Igor Golovschin

Piano Concerto In F Sharp Minor, Op.20

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11:03

Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time: 1:04:00

CD 11: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 26

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Brigitte Balleys, Sergej Larin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time: 46:56

CD 12: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 29

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal

Total Playing Time: 47:54

CD 13: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 43, "Le Poème Divin"

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time: 46:52

CD 14: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg, Valery Gergiev

Alexander Toradze, Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg, Valery Gergiev

Total Playing Time: 43:18

CD 15: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
3 Pieces, Op.52

Orch. Nemtin

Two Pieces, Op.59

Orch. Nemtin

Feuillet d'album, Op.58

Orch. Nemtin

Four Pieces, Op.51

Orch. Nemtin

2 Pieces, Op.57

Orch. Nemtin

3 Etudes for piano, Op.65

Orchestrated Nemtin

Poème-Nocturne, Op.61

Orch. Nemtin

5 Preludes, Op.74

Orch. Nemtin

Two Poèmes, Op.71

Orch. Nemtin

Two Pieces, Op.59

Orch. Nemtin

2 Poèmes, Op.63

Orch. Nemtin

3 Etudes for piano, Op.65

Orchestrated Nemtin

Alexander Ghindin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Preparation for the Final Mystery

Realised by Alexander Nemtin

Part 1 - Universe

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

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3:42

Alexander Lubimov, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, Ernst Senff Chor, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time: 1:11:57

CD 16: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Preparation for the Final Mystery

Realised by Alexander Nemtin

Part 2 - Mankind

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

Total Playing Time: 52:01

CD 17: Scriabin - The Complete Works

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Preparation for the Final Mystery

Realised by Alexander Nemtin

Part 3 - Transfiguration

Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

Alexander Lubimov, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

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2:43

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Alexander Lubimov, Thomas Trotter, St.Petersburg Chamber Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

Total Playing Time: 1:05:49

CD 18: Scriabin Across The Generations

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
12 Etudes For Piano, Op.8

Vladimir Horowitz

Shura Cherkassky

Sviatoslav Richter

2 Poèmes, Op.32

Mikhail Pletnev

8 Etudes, Op.42

Four Pieces, Op.51

Yevgeny Kissin

10 Mazurkas, Op.3 (1889)

Benjamin Grosvenor

Piano Sonata No.2 In G Sharp Minor, Op.19 "Sonata Fantasy"

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3:27

Daniil Trifonov

Total Playing Time: 47:27

. . . another remarkable huge compilation album . . . Decca has gone through their extensive catalog and gathered together superlative performances of most of the works . . . And this set is super-budget price issue. Don't miss it!

An amazing collection of his complete works . . . His most important piano works are his ten piano sonatas, which are beautifully played by the various artists here . . . I've always loved the "Symphony No. 2", which gets an excellent performance conducted by Inbal . . . [the public face of the introverted composer is reflected in the three numbered symphonies plus the "Poem of Ecstasy", and "Prometheus: The Poem of Fire" -- possibly two of Scriabin's best orchestral works.] The conductors of these works are Gergiev, Ashkenazy and Inbal. All get exemplary performances . . . The piano works, which make up the first nine discs, are impressive, and Lisitsa especially is an especially fine pianist who captures the special Scriabin feeling in her performances which combine sensitivity and expressiveness with a command of dynamics. The far-out mysticism of Scriabin is heard in most of these works. Scriabin is a totally fascinating Russian composer and this is probably the definitive collection of his works. Highly recommended!

Most of the piano works are impeccably performed by Ashkenazy, Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Valentina Lisitsa, several recorded just for this set. They range from delicate reflection to white-hot intensity . . . [Chopin]: the sonatas are fascinatingly individual . . . Scriabin was regarded as the most advanced living Russian composer and, with Richard Strauss, at the forefront of the new in Europe. World War I changed music's direction, and "Scriabin's reputation sank to that of an important but eccentric composer of the Russian school, steeped in the same late Romanticism as his contemporaries Rachmaninov and Medtner. A hundred years after his death, however, it is possible now to take a more balanced and more generous view of his unusual gifts." It may be that his time is only now arriving. If so, this set -- a truly rich resource -- will surely help.

. . . [Scriabin's] 26 études are gems of precision and passion, from the youthful C-sharp minor in the three pièces of Opus 2 through the final études of Opus 65. Scriabin's lyrical piano concerto deserves more frequent performances. Many of the poèmes, morceaux and other short pieces are impressive . . . Scriabin's last five sonatas helped usher the piano repertoire into a brave new world. The striking Sonata No. 7 ("White Mass"), with its increasingly maniacal trills, cascading chords and obsessively repeated single tones, is among his finest achievements. "Vers la flamme" ("Toward the flame") from 1914, laden with tritones and other dissonant chords, is another . . . The performances chosen by Decca are admirable overall, with one or more stunning contributions from virtuosos of the past like Vladimir Horowitz . . . Horowitz's emotionally intense, incendiary playing of the beloved D-sharp minor Étude No. 12 from Opus 8 is unforgettable . . . [Ashkenazy's] performances have the sensitivity and security of one who has lived with this composer's music for a long time. Valentina Lisitsa offers nuanced readings of the 36 pieces she recorded for the compilation . . . Mikhail Pletnev's sole contribution is the Poème in F-sharp minor; his delicate, lilting touch is like a butterfly caressing the keys. Pierre-Laurent Aimard's only contribution is a lucid, technically superb -- if chilly -- perusal of the "Black Mass" sonata. Daniil Trifonov's formidable performance of the second Piano Sonata No. 2, "Sonata Fantasy", left me wanting more . . . [Valery Gergiev, leading the Kirov Orchestra, gives a fervid performance] of the appealing "Poème de l'Extase" ("Poem of Ecstasy"). Eliahu Inbal and Mr. Ashkenazy give commendable interpretations of the other symphonic pieces.

. . . incredibly in-depth . . . [Scriabin's sonatas] are beautifully played . . . What distinguishes this box set are the 64 new recordings played by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valentina Lisitsa. Lisitsa is an especially tasteful pianist with a superb command of dynamics and a sensitivity and expressiveness at the keyboard that is particularly well-suited to Scriabin's astral mysticism. The rest of the collection features performances that are uniformly impressive.

. . . [the pianists,] including Ashkenazy, Richter, and Grosvenor, as well as Valentina Lisitsa, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and quite a few others, all present interpretations with an in-the-moment spontaneity that is almost improvisatory. Through such performances the attentive listener can appreciate the scope of Scriabin's imagination and the extent to which his reach would sometimes exceed his grasp.

. . . a splendid set of consistently high standard . . . there's due admiration for Scriabin's originality and musical diction: a happy blend of inspiration and rigor . . . And it's not only Lisitsa whose playing is outstanding (listen to some of the fugal gems on the ninth CD for what may be a completely new side of Scriabin to you). Ashkenazy electrifies too, in the seventh, "White Mass" [CD.7, tr.14], for instance. Richter's playing of the fifth [CD.6, tr.43] has a wonderful blend of sensitivity and force . . . the two Impromptus Opus 7 [CD.2 tr.s 5,6] are played with a heady languorousness yet a precision by Gordon Fergus-Thompson, who also takes a loving yet penetrating approach to the other works for which he's responsible -- notably the many Preludes and Ètudes . . . [the dozen expert pianists] convey originality, a decisive purpose blended intelligently with sensitivity and self-awareness . . . In their own highly accomplished ways Lisitsa, Ashkenazy, Fergus-Thompson, Pogorelich, Richter, Grosvenor, and Aimard in particular reflect and enhance such a dual richness -- through insight and discipline in equal measure, for both are necessary . . . "The Preparation for the Final Mystery", which was realized by Alexander Nemtin, is an extraordinary work . . . The music has passion and direction at all times. The same is true for the five symphonies . . . Perhaps the greatest achievement of every one of the pianists whose work is contained in this set is that they have made Scriabin very much his own person . . . [the musicians] individual understanding of his world does Scriabin great service. And -- in the end -- it sheds light (no pun intended) on an unusual composer whose concentration, grasp of tonality (and even tonality's limits) and orchestral and pianistic sound deserves the celebration and greater understanding which it's begun to get this year.

This is a splendid set of consistently high standard . . . there's due admiration for Scriabin's originality and musical diction: a happy blend of inspiration and rigor . . . it's not only Lisitsa whose playing is outstanding (listen to some of the fugal gems on the ninth CD for what may be a completely new side of Scriabin to you). Ashkenazy electrifies too, in the seventh, "White Mass", for instance. Richter's playing of the fifth has a wonderful blend of sensitivity and force . . . the two Impromptus Opus 7 are played with a heady languorousness yet a precision by Gordon Fergus-Thompson, who also takes a loving . . . approach to the other works for which he's responsible -- notably the many Preludes and Ètudes . . . [the symphonies] all get good performances here . . . The music has passion and direction at all times . . . Perhaps the greatest achievement of every one of the pianists whose work is contained in this set is that they have made Scriabin very much his own person . . . If you're new to Scriabin, this set is an excellent place to start -- not least because of its very attractive price.

. . . I find Pogorelich's extraordinarily freely rhapsodic treatment of the opening Andante of the Fantasie-Sonata to be wholly compelling . . . Generally across the entire set the recorded sound is pretty good . . . Lisitsa proves to be an impressive interpreter of Scriabin. I like very much the direct simplicity of her approach to the 'early' works that make up the piano works without Opus numbers on disc 9 -- this is quite lovely playing of simple music. She has a very clean and articulate technique . . . a successful box . . . Scriabin was a unique musical voice and this set reinforces that impression beyond doubt.

Much of it is newly recorded or issued, and all of it is terrific.

Visionär . . . auf die anhaltende Popularität auch seiner Préludes und Etüden wäre manch anderer Komponist mächtig stolz. Die Skrjabin zu Ehren zusammengestellte komplette Werkschau kann denn auch mit großen Klavier-Namen auftrumpfen . . .

. . . un coffret magistral . . . Complet, le coffret couvre toute la palette sonore des recherches de Scriabine: l'argument côté piano, demeure l'éventail des pianistes interprètes, comptant les plus récents et les plus doués de la nouvelle génération . . . L'intérêt supplémentaire de la sélection réside dans l'approche symphonique enfin dévoilée dans son intégralité, qui fait sens et éclaire l'esthétique et la poétique mystique du geste de Scriabine de facon exhaustive . . . Les chefs Vladimir Ashkenazy et Valery Gergiev défendent ici ce symphonisme spirituel marqué par ses climats hypnotiques et extatiques, portés par une ivresse vénéneuse et libératrice.

Interprétations solides des oeuvres phares, enregistrements réalisés pour l'occasion, pages rares et surprenantes, reconstruction titanesque: le coffret Scriabine de Decca livre une somme exhaustive sans rivale . . . Un poème symphonique, une délicieuse sonate pour cor et piano, un sensible "Canon", l'ardente "Sonate en mi bémol mineur", de lyriques "Variations sur un thème de Mlle Egoroff..." . . . Et un chevalier l'anime: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Il se taille la part du lion dans les sonates, globalement remarquables, et signe la référence moderne du concerto . . . Un coffret on ne peut plus complet. Idéal? D'excellent niveau. L'amateur progressera dans sa connaissance de Scriabine, le néophyte y trouvera une brillante porte d'entrée . . .

. . . [un] magnifique coffret . . . Le génie du compositeur et son évolution depuis le pianiste inspiré par Chopin jusqu'au mystique novateur s'y révèlent avec éclat. Tous de haut niveau, les nombreux interprètes sont dominés par Vladimir Ashkenazy, pianiste et chef d'orchestre, qui fait corps avec la musique. Un coffret de référence . . . Outre son exhaustivité, l'intérêt de ce coffret réside dans la qualité des interprétations . . . cette somme magistrale, d'un niveau général exceptionnel, brosse le portrait saisissant d'un des compositeurs les plus originaux de l'histoire . . .