Scriabin - Complete Piano Preludes | Champs Hill Records CHRCD072

Scriabin - Complete Piano Preludes


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Label: Champs Hill Records

Cat No: CHRCD072

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 12th August 2016



British pianist Anthony Hewitt records the complete piano preludes of iconic Russian composer Alexander Scriabin.

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of Scriabin’s death in 2015, Hewitt absorbed himself in the composer’s world by memorising all 90 of the preludes, which he describes as having “an incredible depth and variety of material, each with its own very distinctive character and mood”.

The preludes span Scriabin’s career, beginning in a lush Romantic style before transitioning towards the post-tonal soundworld for which he is perhaps most well-known.

Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s finest pianists, and since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington DC, has enjoyed a prolific career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in the USA and in the UK with the English Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.


Anthony Hewitt’s set groups the pieces chronologically, so that hearing the discs in succession vividly illuminates the way Scriabin’s musical language developed, and how the profoundly Chopinesque style of the early years was gradually deconstructed and finally abandoned in favour of something much closer to the atonality of early Schoenberg. Hewitt proves a faithful guide to every stage of this musical journey; occasionally he’s a little strident in the more bravura numbers, and perhaps too matter of fact in the rarefied world of the late sets, but his command and understanding of this neglected music is unmistakable.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 17 June 2016

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