The works recorded here by Vladimir Sofronitski, who was the composer's son-in-law, cover the main stages in Scriabine's evolution, from the 1880's and 90's, when he was imitating Chopin, right up to the creation of atonal music, including also the Wagnerian phase at the turn of the century. The vast third sonata (1898), in four movements, could be said to mark the beginning of a transitional phase. The language remains traditional enough, but the creative outlook that was to characterize Scriabine's later work can already be seen in the sonata's argument, under the general title "Moods" - 1) The soul, wild and free, hurtless passionately towards suffering and struggle. 2) The soul has found momentary, artificial peace, but the light rhythm and coloured harmonies are but a veil through wich it can be seen to be troubled and hurt. 3) The soul drifts on a sea of gentle melancolic feelings. 4) Caught in the raging torm of the elements, the soul struggles ecstatically. From the depths of being rises the voice of the Divine Man, but he is struck down before he can reach the heights.
The most typical work of Scriabine's transitional phase is the fourth sonata (1903), consisting of a short Andante and a very long Prestissimo volando wich takes up the same theme...
André Lischke, From the booklet.Vladimir Sofronitsky
1 Sonata for piano n° 3 in F-Sharp minor, Op. 23 17:38
IV. Presto con fuoco
2 Sonata for piano n° 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30 7:39
II. Prestissimo volante
3 Sonata for piano n° 5 in F-Sharp major, Op. 53 12:50
4 Sonata for piano n° 8, Op. 66 12:53
5 Sonata for piano n° 9, Op. 68 7:33
6 Sonata for piano n° 10, Op. 70 11:10
Recorded in Moscow ; between January 14, 1955 & May 13, 1960.