Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1 and Poem of Ecstasy conducted by Svetlanov

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COMPOSERS: Scriabin
LABELS: Alto
ALBUM TITLE: Scriabin
WORKS: Symphony No. 1; Poem of Ecstasy
PERFORMER: Larissa Avdeyeva (mezzo), Anton Grigoriev (tenor); The Russian Choir; USSR Symphony Orchestra/Svetlanov
CATALOGUE NO: ALC 1329 (1963/66)

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A disciplined if too straight-forward account of Scriabin’s First Symphony, with two fine vocal soloists. This Poem of Ecstasy, although noisy and unsubtle, highlights Stravinsky’s debt in Firebird.

Daniel Jaffé