Legal name: Александр Николаевич Скрябинь


Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (English pronunciation: /skriˈɑːbɪn/; Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr nʲɪkəˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ ˈskrʲæbʲɪn]; 6 January 1872 [O.S. 25 December 1871] – 27 April [O.S. 14 April] 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, who was influenced by Frédéric Chopin, composed early works that are characterised by tonal language. Later in his career, independently of Arnold Schoenberg, Scriabin developed a substantially atonal and much more dissonant musical system, which accorded with his personal brand of mysticism. Scriabin was influenced by synesthesia, and associated colours with the various harmonic tones of his atonal scale, while his colour-coded circle of fifths was also influenced by theosophy. He is considered by some to be the main Russian Symbolist composer.

Scriabin was one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia said of Scriabin that, "No composer has had more scorn heaped on him or greater love bestowed." Leo Tolstoy described Scriabin's music as "a sincere expression of genius." Scriabin had a major impact on the music world over time, and influenced composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Nikolai Roslavets. However Scriabin's importance in the Soviet musical scene, and internationally, drastically declined. According to his biographer, "No one was more famous during their lifetime, and few were more quickly ignored after death." Nevertheless, his musical aesthetics have been reevaluated, and his ten published sonatas for piano, which arguably provided the most consistent contribution to the genre since the time of Beethoven's set, have been increasingly championed.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 The Poem of Ecstasy / Azerbaijan Mugam Scriabin, Amirov; Houston Symphony, Leopold Stokowski 4 3
1984 24 Preludes / Sonata no. 4 / Étude, op. 42 no. 5 Alexander Scriabin; Andrei Gavrilov 1
1986 Symphony no. 1 Scriabin; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 1
1986 Symphony no. 2 in C minor, op. 29 / Rêverie, op. 24 Alexander Scriabin; Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 2
1987 Piano Sonatas 1, 6 & 8 / 4 Pieces, op. 51 Scriabin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1988 Les Œuvres Ultimes Alexandre Scriabine; Mikhaïl Rudy 1
1989 Symphony no. 3 "Le Divin Poème" / Le Poème de l'extase Alexander Scriabin; New York Philharmonic, Giuseppe Sinopoli 1
1989 3 Symphonies / Poème de l'Extase / Poème du Feu (Prométhée) Alexander Scriabin; Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Eliahu Inbal 1
1989 Horowitz plays Scriabin Alexander Scriabin; Vladimir Horowitz 1
1989 Le Poème de l'extase / Piano Concerto / Prometheus Scriabin; Ashkenazy, Maazel, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra 2
1989 Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 Alexander Scriabin; Håkon Austbø 1
1990 Klavierwerke Scriabin; Burkard Schliessmann 5 1
1990 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Scriabin; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1990 Piano Sonatas, Volume 2 Alexander Scriabin; Håkon Austbø 1
1990 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 / Scriabin: Le Poème de l'extase Tchaikovsky, Scriabin; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 1
1991 Scriabin: Symphony no. 3 (Divine Poem) / Arensky: Silhouettes Alexander Scriabin, Anton Arensky; The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1991 Scriabin: Verse la flamme / Sonata no. 9 / Prokofiev: Visions fugitives Scriabin, Prokofiev; Nikolai Demidenko 2
1992 The Complete Etudes Alexander Scriabin; Piers Lane 1
1992 Classical Romance Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Reger, Chopin; Tübingen Medical Orchestra, Norbert Kirchmann, Robert-Alexander Bohnke 1
1992 Liszt: Sonate h-moll / Scriabin: Klaviersonate no. 2 Franz Liszt, Alexander Scriabin; Ivo Pogorelich 1
1993 A Russian Piano Recital Balakirev, Scriabin, Glazunov; Michael Lewin 1
1994 Chopin: Polonaises / Scriabin: Fantaisie / Poème Nocturne / Deux Dances / Vers la flamme Chopin, Scriabin; Sviatoslav Richter 1
1994 Klavierwerke Alexander Skrjabin; Günter Philipp 1
1994 Les Trois Cahiers d'études pour piano Alexandre Scriabine; Nikita Magaloff 1
1994 Piano Recital Mendelssohn, Mozart, Liszt, Scriabin, Chopin, Glinka; Nikita Magaloff 1
1995 The Complete Mazurkas Alexander Scriabin; Artur Pizarro 1
1995 Complete Piano Sonatas Alexander Scriabin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1996 Scriabin: Sonata no. 5, op. 53 / Debussy: Images, Book I / Ichizo Okashiro: Moon Alexander Scriabin, Claude Debussy, Ichizo Okashiro; Chitose Okashiro 1
1996 Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 Alexander Scriabin; Bernd Glemser 1
1996 The Complete Piano Sonatas Alexander Scriabin; Marc-André Hamelin 1
1996 Piano Music Alexander Scriabin; Dag Achatz, Roland Pöntinen 1
1996 Symphony no. 1 / Prelude, op. 24 / Poèmes, op. 32 Alexander Scriabin; Lyudmila Ivanova, Mikhail Agafonov, Moscow Capella, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Igor Golovschin 1
1996 The Complete Piano Sonatas Alexander Scriabin; Ruth Laredo 1
1997 Études (Complete) Alexander Scriabin; Alexander Paley 1
1997 Symphony no. 3 “The Divine Poem” / Poem of Ecstasy Scriabin; Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Igor Golovschin 1
1997 24 Preludes / Sonatas 4 & 10 Alexander Scriabin; Mikhail Pletnev 2
1999 Symphonies nos. 2 & 3 / Poem of Ecstasy / Rêverie Alexander Scriabin 1
1999 Mazurkas (Complete) Alexander Scriabin; Beatrice Long 1
1999 Le Poème de l’extase / Piano Concerto / Prométhée Alexander Scriabin; Anatol Ugorski, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez 1
1999 Prometheus / Piano Concerto / Fantasy for piano and orchestra Scriabin; Viktoria Postnikova, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Gennady Rozhdestvensky 1
1999 Piano Concerto / Prometheus / Preludes (Moscow Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Igor Golovschin, piano: Konstantin Scherbakov) Александр Николаевич Скрябин 1
1999 Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Scriabin: Le Poem de l'extase Berlioz, Scriabin; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 1
1999 Preludes for Piano Solo Alexander Scriabin; Andrei Diev 1
1999 Preparation for the Final Mystery Scriabin; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 1
1999 Tchaïkovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 1 / Rachmaninov: 5 Préludes / Scriabin: Piano Sonata no. 5 Tchaïkovsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 2
2000 The 3 Symphonies / Le Poème de l'extase Scriabin; DSO Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
2000 Preludes, Volume 1: 24 Preludes, op. 11 / Five Preludes, op. 15 / Prelude for the Left Hand, op. 9 no. 1 Alexander Scriabin; Evgeny Zarafiants 1
2000 Preludes, Volume 2: Opp. 22, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 45, 48, 67, 74 / Four Preludes by Julian Scriabin Alexander Scriabin; Evgeny Zarafiants 1
2000 Symphony No. 4 / Prometheus Tchaikovsky, Scriabin; Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra 1
2001 Piano Sonatas, Volume 2 Alexander Scriabin; Bernd Glemser 1

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