The Ukrainian pianist, Anna Fedorova, has created a tremendous programme by the great Russian masters whose work dominated the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries. Scriabin completed his Second Sonata on his honeymoon in the Crimea and you can almost see the glitter of moonlight on water and feel the romance in the air. His single movement Black Mass Sonata begins mysteriously before developing into a grotesque march that builds to a grim and dissonant climax before sinking exhausted to a quiet end. The familiar outlines of Mussorgsky’s promenade now come as a relief as Fedorova treats us to a spell-binding journey through the famous Exhibition showing how the quiet introductory pictures evolve inexorably to the glorious and uplifting conclusion at the Great Gate of Kiev.
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|Alexander Scriabin||Piano Sonata No.2 in G sharp minor Op.19|
|Sergei Rachmaninov||Piano Prelude in G major Op.32/5|
|Sergei Rachmaninov||Piano Prelude in G sharp minor Op.32/12|
|Sergei Rachmaninov||Piano Prelude in B flat Op.23/2|
|Alexander Scriabin||Piano Sonata No.9 ‘Messe Noire’ Op.68|
|Modest Mussorgsky||Pictures at an Exhibition|
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