Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (complete)

COMPOSERS: Scriabin
LABELS: Harmonia Mundi
WORKS: Piano Sonatas (complete)
PERFORMER: Robert Taub (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: HMU 907141/42 DDD
One of the joys of hearing Scriabin’s sonatas together is the graphic impression one gets of a composer forging his musical identity. These sonatas map Scriabin’s journey from a broad-brushed Romanticism to a compact, other-worldly modernity. Taub accommodates these shifts in style with a focused and intelligent sensitivity, and some intensely lyrical playing, though perhaps without the same sense of exhilaration that Horowitz brings to bear on these works. William Humphreys-Jones

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