Scriabin Symphony No. 1 and No. 2 (2016)

Scriabin

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

In his short life Scriabin moved from a fascination with perfumed charm towards a late style of visionary intensity. His First and Second Symphonies, composed in quick succession, summarise the first stage of this journey. His earliest compositions, almost all for solo piano, reflect an adoration of Chopin together with a highly imaginative approach to the instrument. Indeed the titles of much of this music also reflect Chopin: Preludes, Etudes, Nocturnes and Mazurkas. By his mid-twenties he had composed nearly a hundred such pieces, as well as his first three Piano Sonatas.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Scriabin Symphony No. 1 and No. 2 (2016)

Scriabin

London Symphony Orchestra

    Classical CD Choice

There is no denying Valery Gergiev’s commitment to the music, and if you have the matching coupling of Scriabin symphonies 3 and 4, you need not hesitate

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    BBC Radio 3

(Gergiev) turns them into masterpieces… it sounds quite old fashioned with other conductors, but Gergiev adds this sense of flight that is very Scriabin-esque that looks to the future, and so it becomes wonderful… there’s a great inner sense of freedom with this music that Gergiev manages to create

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    Washington Post

(Second Symphony) Fine playing by the members of the LSO, including ardent violin solos, paired with avian twittering of the flute in the third movement

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    Classical Ear -

Gergiev goes for atmosphere, and delivers engaging and stimulating readings. The London Symphony Orchestra is on top form throughout, with the strings producing a weighty, dark tone and the woodwind solos a particular delight. Chorus and soloists also make impressive contributions to the First Symphony's finale. The SACD sound quality is excellent…showing the orchestra off to its full potential

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    Musicweb International

Gergiev gets it right; even more impressive is the quality of this DSD recording, subtly engineered by James Mallinson and Classic Sound. The finely calibrated playing of the LSO is a joy to hear; they sound so idiomatic too. Gergiev is steady but never dull; he also finds warmth and suppleness in the music.. Even more striking is the palpable sense of destination, of impending apotheosis, of a musical and emotional vortex that’s impossible to escape. Simon Halsey’s ideally distant singers sound genuinely ecstatic. The earth certainly moved for me, and I daresay it will for you, too…

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    Neue Presse -

Music like a drug…captured on two CDs of overwhelming sound…an indulgence of sound – if music is a drug that goes beyond Wagner then it has to be this

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    Pizzicato -

Gergiev manages the ascent and descent between the individual movements very well and they are full of tension. The LSO is at its best and makes very colourful and intense sounds. Particularly well done is the sensual, impressionistic third movement

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    HB Direct

Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra bring to a close their revelatory Scriabin cycle with the release of Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2. Epic in scope, Scriabin's highly original First Symphony was composed at the turn of the twentieth century. The ambitious work consists of six movements, the last of which features a chorus and two vocal soloists, beautifully sung in this recording by Ekaterina Sergeeva, Alexander Timchenko and the London Symphony Chorus. In the monumental choral finale, which brings the symphony to a rousing conclusion, Scriabin uses a text of his own composition to praise the supreme power of art: 'Come, all peoples of the world, Let us sing the praises of Art! Glory to Art, Glory forever!' Premiered two years after Symphony No 1, the Second Symphony contains echoes of Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Wagner, alongside Scriabin's own deeply personal sound. While relatively more restrained in style than Scriabin's other symphonic output, over the course of its five movements there are sweeping climaxes, swirling colors and passages of majestic intensity.

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Scriabin Symphony No. 1 and No. 2 (2016)

Scriabin

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson (Classic Sound)
Recording location: Barbican London England
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No 1- i. Lento
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Symphony No 1- ii. Allegro drammatico
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Symphony No 1- iii. Lento
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Symphony No 1- iv. Vivace
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Symphony No 1- v. Allegro
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Symphony No 1- vi. Andante
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Symphony No 2- i. Andante
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Symphony No 2- ii. Allegro
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Symphony No 2- iii. Andante
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Symphony No 2- iv. Tempestoso
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Symphony No 2- v. Maestoso
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