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Andrew Tyson carefully performs Scriabin


Scriabin, Two Sonatas for Piano and Ravel, "Miroirs" performed by pianist Andrew Tyson (Alpha Classics)

We are living in an era that is a small bonanza of Scriabin recordings. What is fascinating about them all is that every new pianist we hear recording a Scriabin sonata -- whether young, old, veteran or tyro -- is able to find his own individual voice in playing them.

As you might expect from a young pianist who pairs two Scriabin sonatas with Ravel's "Miroirs," he finds the Scriabin to be a far less metaphysical and mystical composer than some other Scriabin pianists and without the freedom, wildness and emotional extremes. The two sonatas young Tyson performs are the Third -- the most common Scriabin sonata played -- and the the 10th, his final sonata.

Ravel's 1905 "Miroirs" on the other hand is more attuned to the micro-world of nature than a hallucinatory universe. It ends by looking forward a little to the arrival of Messiaen, a few decades down the road rather than to Scriabin and all the atonalists who seem intoxicated by him.

A good, if careful, performance, nevertheless.

3 stars (out of four)


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