Sunday, November 25, 2007

Scriabin lifts the veil



A person who reviewed this composition of Scriabin on youtube referred to it as "shadowy and opaque" which I like. I would also add with dark flashes of brilliance and smoky diamonds tossed upon the floor.

Drink of the beauty of perfection.

I am looking forward to future recordings of Lang Lang playing the works of Scriabin. I have a feeling that this combination of composer/performer might just smoke. Just imagine if Lang Lang were the reincarnation of Alexander Scriabin.


Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin, the noted Russian composer, was born on Christmas Day and died at Eastertide -- according to Western-style calendrical reckoning, 7 January 1872 - 14 April, 1915. No one was more famous during his lifetime, and few were more quickly ignored after his death. Although he was never absent from the mainstream of Russian music, the outside world neglected him until recently. Today, there is worldwide resurgence of interest in his music and ideas

If you are interested Lost-in-Symbols has another great recording of Scriabin and an interesting blog.

3 comments:

Lost-In-Symbols said...

Cool post on Scriabin - love the 9th and all later works especially the flame - btw - Keith Jarret has a passage in the Koln concert where he has (I think uncosciously lifted) the flame -

Lost in Symbols? WQell, aren't we?At the end of studying them you realize that they quite often "trick" us into thinking we know what we are talking about (Deridat, semiotics, etc.). Reality has to be deconstructed....quite frightening and liberating....

tammy vitale said...

"dark flashes of brillance and diamonds...." has to be possibly the most beautiful description of music I have ever read. Now I have to go listen (and it's piano - my favorite...I took piano and was quite good at reading but my Mom couldn't read a note and could play everything. Since it didn't seem I would ever get that, I quit...and all she ever wanted was to be able to read).

Princess Haiku said...

Tammy, many adults start classical music instruction and do very well. If the urge is still there...