Long before John Lennon got himself into hot water by declaring the Beatles to be more popular than Jesus, Alexander Scriabin boasted to his friends that he was the Messiah. As he got older, Scriabin’s messianic vision became grander and grander: he began planning for a multimedia extravaganza at the foothills of the Himalayas to unite all inhabitants of the earth with his music.
On this episode of the Great Russian Piano Tradition, host David Dubal explores Scriabin’s final years, his turn toward spirituality and the impact of his music in Russia and beyond. We hear the Nocturne in D-flat "for the left hand" that made him a star in New York, as well as etudes that Vladimir Horowitz performed in his recital program for years. This episode also includes two spectacular archival performances of Scriabin: one by Sergei Rachmaninoff and another by the composer himself.
Alexander Scriabin: Andante from Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23
Alexander Scriabin: Nocturne in D flat "for the left hand", Op. 9 No. 2
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor Op. 19
Alexander Scriabin: Prelude Op. 15 No. 4: Andantino
RCA Red Seal
Alexander Scriabin: Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 2 No. 1
Alexander Scriabin: Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 42 No. 5
Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka Op. 40 No. 1
Alexander Scriabin: Prelude in F sharp minor, Op. 11 No. 8
RCA Gold Seal
Alexander Scriabin: Deux Danses, Op. 73
Alexander Scriabin: Etude in D sharp minor Op. 8 No. 12