||ALEXANDER SCRIABIN - PRELUDES - VERS LA FLAMME - LUCILLE CHUNG (Piano) - DYNAMIC 416|
Alexander Scriabin was a strange and unique Russian composer who lived from Dec. 25th 1871 to 1915. Although he
composed some orchestral works, the majority of his creative output manifested itself on the piano, the instrument
on which he himself was a virtuoso. His early works, like the "24 Preludes Op. 11" found on this disc, are very much
like Chopin in style, but already display a unique, even mysterious harmonic structure that would develop over time
and come to define Scriabin. He eventually came to believe that great art should be a merging of sounds, sights,
colours, smells and sensations, in order to become a mystic experience, an ideology way ahead of it's time. He
elevated music to a sort of religion, and composed some of his later works based on that principal, again using
very personal and imaginative harmonics and giving extra-musical meaning to certain chords or harmonic progressions.
A great example is "Vers la Flamme, Op. 72" (Towards the Light), also performed on this cd, in which the music itself
seems to be moving forward and constantly searching for an answer.