Scriabin: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0771
    UPC 822231177128

    James Mallinson producer
    Classic Sound Ltd engineering, editing, mixing & mastering

    Recorded live in DSD 128fs, at the Barbican, London
    Symphony No 3 recorded 13 April 2014
    Symphony No 4 recorded 30 March 2014.


    Stereo FLAC - 24bit 96kHz
    Stereo MP3 - 320 kbps

    Notes in English, French and German

  • ***** Performance **** Sonics (Multichannel) ‘True to his word Gergiev delivers riveting accounts of both works on this SACD, and thanks to the magnificent playing of the 100 strong LSO, the compelling vision of his interpretations is realised to the full… Gergiev ensures that the closing bars, underpinned by the organ and with the orchestra in full cry, are suitably overwhelming. The engineers have done an excellent job capturing the grandeur of these pieces on this 5.0 DSD multi‐channel recording… Strongly recommended.’

    ***** ‘Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra deliver the music with rhythmic precision and focused tone colours to bring across Scriabin's kaleidoscopic sound world with brilliance. The engineering is superb on this hybrid SACD, and the acoustics of London's Barbican add wonderful dimensions to the orchestra's lush and vibrant sound.’

    Performance**** Recording*** ‘Gergiev has clearly taken a fresh look at the Third Symphony’s score… [Gergiev] seems more interested in underlining the Russian colours and their influence on Stravinsky.’ BBC Music Magazine

    ****‘Warmth is the overarching element here, the sort of warmth that comes from lush-sounding strings paired with finely rounded, burnished brass tone and woodwinds that are about as far from being shrill as it is possible to be. The London Symphony gives Gergiev much of the sound that would be expected from a top-flight Russian orchestra, and that is really quite an accomplishment… The timeless transcendence of the music comes through here with clarity… The result is an unusual and uplifting experience.’ Infodad

    **** ‘Valery Gergiev’s approach in these two works is to concentrate on the big picture, to paint the glowing orchestral surges in a way that’s soft-contoured…Even sceptics may find it hard not to be swept along’

    *** Music *** Sound ‘Valery Gergiev is intimately experienced with the music of Scriabin, the timbre from the orchestra is sonorous and luxuriant.’ Fono Forum

    ***1/2 ‘A big, bold Divine Poem that more than fits the bill. Valery Gergiev is an impassioned guide and draws some notably sweet playing from the LSO violins’Classical Ear

    ‘The thrill of a live performance comes over with more immediacy with Gergiev and the LSO… some deliciously seductive playing from the LSO.’ BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    ‘Gergiev delivers riveting accounts of both works on this SACD, and thanks to the magnificent playing of the 100 – strong LSO, the compelling vision of his interpretations is realised to the full… The engineers have done an excellent job capturing the grandeur of these pieces on this 5.0 DSD multi-channel recording… Strongly recommended.’ Classical CD Choice

    ‘The thing that sticks out in my mind most is the superb recording job done by the people at Classic Sound Ltd. This is a live recording but one can’t hear that to be the case. If you have multi-channel 5.1 it will sound even better as these works from Scriabin are large grandeur pieces lend themselves to multi-channel systems. This CD is nicely conducted by Valery Gergiev and would be a good choice if one wishes to have this in your collection.’ Film Music: The Neglected Art

    ‘Gergiev feels and connects the work of the last two symphonies while anticipating future ones. Gergiev carries the music with the required size and breath, while stressing the exceptional orchestral colours. The second movement, Voluptés, is particularly successful with its multiple interventions of harp, clarinet and oboe, creating a most beautiful effect of a concert of birds… The conclusion of the The Divine Poem is performed with feeling and ends with vitality and increasing excitement, leading to the serene ecstasy of a perfect long-awaited agreement.’ Crescendo

    ‘As he (Gergiev) reaches the staggering coda the sound is truly bewitching, brilliantly restored by an incandescent orchestra.’ L’éducation musicale

    Concert Reviews

    **** ‘[In the Fourth Symphony] Gergiev and his players could revel in some of the most luscious orchestration ever set down on paper, working as one to press the piece steadily towards its vertiginous climax.’ The Guardian

    **** ‘I don’t think I’ve seen [Gergiev] smile so much as during Poem of Ecstasy, a work he clearly loves and whose delicate and dance-like spirit he liberated.’ The Times

    **** ‘Wonderfully well-played by a full-strength LSO.’ The Arts Desk

    ‘Gergiev and the LSO gave an impeccable account of Scriabin’s Third Symphony, The Divine Poem (1902-4), acknowledging both its ambitious symphonic design and its mystical ability to paint pictures and transport the listener.’ Classical Source


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Valery Gergiev,
London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev conducts revelatory performances of Scriabin’s Symphony No 3 ‘The Divine Poem’ and Symphony No 4 ‘The Poem of Ecstasy’. This marks the first in a new cycle of Scriabin symphonies, and one of the most significant of all Valery Gergiev’s projects with the London Symphony Orchestra, released during his final tenure as LSO Principal Conductor. Anyone with musical curiosity will welcome the chance to explore such an idiosyncratic composer.

Scriabin’s Symphony No 3 was composed not long after the composer had arrived at a philosophy that exalted the individual ego and the senses. The piece, which has also been referred to as a tone poem in three movements, was Scriabin’s attempt to give expression to the evolution of the human spirit. For Scriabin, the finale of his Third Symphony marked a significant moment in his development as a composer, and he wrote that ‘this was the first time I found light in music… the first time I knew intoxication, flight, the breathlessness of happiness’.

It was whilst composing his Third Symphony that Scriabin began to look ahead to a Fourth and by 1906 he had published a poem which set out the ‘philosophical programme’ of the new work. The work’s title refers to an artistic ecstasy, which is expressed in the music through a beautifully coloured sound-world and harmonic fluidity, culminating in the final section with the revelation of C major.

Valery Gergiev says of the composer; ‘Scriabin is a Great Russian composer… He’s clearly a composer with his own voice, from his own world. Scriabin came up with very much his own sonority and his ability to hear different colours was legendary. Scriabin should be today understood as a man who was able to create a wonderfully magical musical world, and we just have to give in. We have to be imprisoned by these compositions and the magical powers of the creator.’

Track list
1. Symphony No 3 'The Divine Poem' I. Luttes
2. Symphony No 3 'The Divine Poem' II. Voluptés
3. Symphony No 3 'The Divine Poem' III. Jeu divin
4. Symphony No 4 'The Poem of Ecstasy' 

Composer   Scriabin
Conductor   Valery Gergiev
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

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