Free Download: Scriabin's Poème tragique

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Available as our free download this week is Scriabin’s Poème tragique, performed by American pianist Garrick Ohlsson and taken from his recording of the composer's complete poèmes.

A collection of short pieces for solo piano, Scriabin wrote his poèmes as single movement works. Similarities can be heard between the poèmes and his later piano sonatas, most notably in his final poème, Vers la flamme, which was almost published as his eleventh sonata.

Praising the pianist’s performance in our March 2015 issue, reviewer Julian Haylock says, 'Ohlsson possesses remarkable facility as witness the multi-layered shimmerings of Op. 59 No. 1, or miraculous control of dynamics in the Op. 73 No. 2. He unleashes immense reserves of power… yet has the required delicacy of touch and microcosmic pedal-control to float the Poème languide into the stratosphere.'


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