Scriabin & Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas
Alexander Scriabin : Piano sonata No.3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23
Serge Prokofiev : Piano sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
Glen Gould (recorded in 1968)
Columbia MS 7173
Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) : Sonata No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23
A1 - Dramatico
A2 - Allegretto
A3 - Andante
A4 - Presto con fuoco
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) : Sonata No. 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83
B1 - Allegro inquieto
B2 - Andante caloroso
B3 - Precipitato
Recorded in July 1967 & January, February and June 1968 at Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City.
Glenn Gould’s highly self-willed art of piano playing has not only contributed to the building of a myth around his artistic personality, but also placed several works from the vast piano repertoire under the magnifying glass (as it were) in musical life. One such work is Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 whose psychological, cyclical programme is held together by the theme, which recurs throughout the four movements. Unlike many other recordings, in Gould’s hands the piece takes on a pleasantly non-romantic pathos. Gould subdivides the various states of mind through many breathing spaces and softens the tone to pianissimo, thus forcing the listener to hold his breath and concentrate wholly upon the finely woven counterpoint.
In contrast, Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata in B flat major is overwhelmingly raging with its hammering staccatos, yet not omitting to add a bold, and at times derisive character. The slow second movement is at times bell-like, and filled with a great radiance and a fine sparkle. It is followed by a final movement, which lasts several minutes and has a steely, aggressive nature. As incomparable as the works are in their structure, they both explore the mental extremes of human emotions.
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