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Complete Piano Works of Scriabin
Michael Ponti, Scriabin
Complete Piano Works of Scriabin
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (41) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (33) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (34) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (40) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (41) - Disc #5


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All Artists: Michael Ponti, Scriabin
Title: Complete Piano Works of Scriabin
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vox (Classical)
Release Date: 12/10/2002
Album Type: Box set, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Instruments, Keyboard
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaCD Credits: 5
UPC: 047163360626

CD Reviews

Ponti's quick study of Scriabin
Alex Serrano | Perrysburg, Ohio United States | 04/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Michale Ponti may well have recorded too much music in his career - the romantic piano concertos series, piano works of tchaikovsky, moszkowski, brahms, liszt - and also a series of live recitals. But this Scriabin set (and this review also accounts for the companion sonatas discs) may well be one of his most important contributions in regards to recordings. For once, we get a complete cycle of Scriabin's piano works played by a pianist who has the necessary technique and also at an unbeatable budget price - about US$ 25 for the 7 discs!
But not everything seems to work out here. The sound is very much substandard with predominance to the upper registers producing results that become strident at times - the recordings from the early 70's call for urgent remastering. And in regards to Ponti's intepretations, you do not get the feeling that he has all the music under his skin - a lot of extrardinary sight-reading seems to be going on and some inaccuracies are sadly exposed.
Yet, Ponti manages to create an improvisatory style that is very much in tune with the composer's style - and at his best, Scriabin's experimental nature finds a worthy medium in these recordings. Also, he commands all the bravura and cantabile effects of this music seemingly at will.
All in all, we must be happy this project has been released on cd (despite its flaws). You will find better interpretations of many of these works by ogdon, hamelin, horowitz, richter, etc - but as a group and an addition to any collector's library this is a great set."
Let's have Truth in Advertising
Matthew N. Montag | 07/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A fine, inexpensive 5-CD set--but it's NOT the complete non-sonata piano works. For the 3 Etudes op. 65, 2 Poems op. 71, poem Vers la Flamme op. 72, 2 Dances op. 73, and 5 Preludes op. 74, you need the accompanying 2-CD set SCRIABIN: COMPLETE SONATAS, which consists of the 10 numbered piano sonatas, 2 posthumous piano sonatas, and opp. 65 and 71-4."
Visionary Scriabin
J. Huang | Chicago, IL United States | 08/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Unfortunately, this cycle of Scriabin's complete piano music will be panned by many people solely on the basis of its barbaric piano sound. In my opinion, however, the piano Ponti uses on these recordings - whataver it is and whichever landfill he dug it out of - is one of the series' greatest merits. Finally there is a pianist willing to approach Scriabin's music outside of the Chopin box. The sound is rather like one of John Cage's "prepared pianos," except that it is being used here in the service of legitamate music. It sounds like it is constantly being pushed beyond its physical limitations, producing a savage, hellfire-and-brimstone result. Another, obviously more conventional-thinking reviewer, had reservations about the scrapy, abrasive high end of this piano; when I first put the CD on and heard this, I felt like I finally understood what Scriabin was all about: madness, and lots and lots of fire.There is much to recommend this set. It is cheap. It is (I believe) the only complete set of Scriabin's solo piano music (I refer to this five-CD set and its companion two-CD set of the sonatas). The two-CD set includes the posthumously published Sonata in Eb minor, which, while still accepting of such prelapsarian concepts as tonality, still manages to put a smile on my face. Ponti's playing is better than others have made it out to be: you just have to get past your prejudices about what piano music should sound like to hear it. This is just one of those recordings that makes its own rules and wins. Well worth the money."