Scriabin - Symphonies 1 & 2
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO0770
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 29th April 2016
ArtistsEkaterina Sergeeva (mezzo-soprano)
Alexander Timchenko (tenor)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Epic in scope, Scriabin’s highly original First Symphony was composed at the turn of the 20th century. An ambitious work, it consists of six movements; the last of which features a chorus and two vocal soloists, sung here by mezzo Ekaterina Sergeeva, tenor 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 colours and passages of majestic intensity.
Ekaterina Sergeeva has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2005. She appeared as Elektra’s Trainbearer, on the LSO Live recording of Elektra with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Tenor Alexander Timchenko performed the role of Shepherd in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with Valery Gergiev and the LSO in 2012, and also Stravinsky, Les Noces, with the Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus.
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