Vol vers l’étoile

KTC 1744 . 1CD . 8711801017440 . 01/01/2022 . Etcetera Records

Vol vers l’étoile

Composer(s):
  • Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)
  • Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)
  • Nicolai Medtner (1880-1951)
Artist(s):

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Alexander Scriabin’s birth on 6th January 1872. Few composers of western art music have provided as much fascination. Scriabin offered a unique blend of esoteric mysticism, ethereal pianism, progressive harmonic technique, philosophically-driven composition, colour-music experiments, and more. For 150 years he has stimulated lively scholarly debate and new musical experiences. In the light of this celebration Etcetera Recorsds is proud to present Anastasia Safonova who has proven her knowledge, devotion and understanding of this repertoire.

Anastasia Safonova Anastasia Safonova is a Russian/Dutch pianist. She was a laureate of prestigious international competitions, winner of the first prizes at the Yuri Egorov International Competition and the Yamaha Music Competition. Her numerous performances included appearances in famous concert venues in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, China and Russia. Anastasia Safonova holds a position as professor Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Maastricht (The Netherlands).

Vol vers l’étoile
Flight to the star
The early years of the 20th century. The sun sets and night begins to fall in the streets of Moscow: the lamplighter is finishing his round. People hurry not to miss the start of a concert at the Pasternaks’ home; this was a meeting point for painters, musicians, writers and poets, where they played music, recited their works, and discussed everything, a manifestation of the great outburst of creativity that occurred at the turn of the century. Scriabin’s playing is nervous and inspired, delicate and refined. He fascinates his audience, not only with his playing but also with his compositions. Lev Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, praised Scriabin’s music, calling it “a sincere expression of genius”.

My wish for this CD is that it might provide an insight into the special period in Russian cultural life between the two revolutions. I would like to end this introduction with a quote from the great Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky: “Every work of art is a child of its time, although often it is also the parent of our emotions. Every cultural period therefore creates its own art, which can never be repeated.”

Anastasia Safonova

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Track listing

1 Four Pieces Op.51 - 1. Fragilité 02:17
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
2 Four Pieces Op.51 - 2. Prelude 02:03
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
3 Four Pieces Op.51 - 3. Poème ailé 01:04
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
4 Four Pieces Op.51 - 4. Danse languide 01:15
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
5 Etude in C-sharp minor Op 2. No.1 02:44
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
6 Etude in C-sharp minor Op.42 No.5 03:06
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
7 Fantasie Op.28 in B minor 08:57
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
8 Piano Sonata No.4 in F-sharp Major Op.30 - 1. Andante 02:56
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
9 Piano Sonata No.4 in F-sharp Major Op.30 - 2. Prestissimo volando 05:37
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'
10 Two Preludes - 1. Con Moto 01:25
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)'
11 Two Preludes - 2. Andante 04:00
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)'
12 Fairy Tales - Op.26. No.1, Allegretto frescamente 02:47
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Nicolai Medtner (1880-1951)'
13 Fairy Tales - Op. 8. No.1, Andantino 02:35
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Nicolai Medtner (1880-1951)'
14 Fairy Tales - Op.20. No.1, Allegro con espressione 02:53
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Nicolai Medtner (1880-1951)'
15 Fairy Tales - Op.26. No.3, Narrante a piacere 02:36
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Nicolai Medtner (1880-1951)'
16 Fairy Tales - Op.14. No.2 March of the Paladin, Allegro marciale 04:11
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Nicolai Medtner (1880-1951)'
17 Vers la flamme (Poeme) Op.72 05:52
artists: 'Anastasia Safonova'
composers: 'Alexander Skryabin (1872-1915)'