Get a 10% discount on your
next order!

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive a promotion code for 10% discount on a album of your choice!



The promotion code will be send to your e-mail address. The code is valid one time and valid for a month after receiving the promotioncode. Your e-mailaddress will only be used by Challenge Records International and will not be given to 3rd party advertisers. If you have any questions, please use go to our FAQ or contact us.
Cover
Alexander Scriabin

Michele Gurdal

Extase

€ 19.95
Add to cart
  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917264029
  • Catalog number CC 72640
  • Release date 02 May 14

About the album

Michéle Gurdal:
The word ecstasy designates something very sensuous and soulful at the same time. It is important to know that with Scriabin ecstasy is firstly of a spiritual nature, but secondly also involves erotic tension.  By taking the title “Extase” I want to draw attention to this aspect in his music, because many etudes of Scriabin’s are permeated with his striving towards a state of ecstasy. From a certain point in time onwards Scriabin’s entire musical oeuvre was actually directed towards reaching a state of absolute ecstasy. His plan was – similar to Wagner – to create a Gesamtkunstwerk, a synaesthetic, total work of art, into which all the senses are drawn.
The etudes are technically very demanding works, and it is particularly the virtuosity needed for these works that enables us to express Scriabin’s passion. His etudes are therefore much more than finger exercises. They are fantastic, multifaceted works, each with its own character and individual, often poetic contents.
In general we distinguish three phases of creativity. The twelve etudes Opus 8 were all composed around 1894/95. His compositions of this period are still very romantic. These works abound in young, rapturous energy but are all completely different in character. Scriabin alternates here between dolorous melancholy and poignant powers of expression. The eight etudes Opus 42 which he wrote around nine years later belong to Scriabin’s middle creative period. These are distinct from the first period because of their augmented harmonic language. He modulates more now and resolves dissonances later. Thus we hear newer, more suspenseful images of sound. The etudes Opus 65 belong to Scriabin’s last creative period. Now his music is reminiscent already of the free-tonal works of the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern.

Editor's choice
Michèle Gurdal impressively demonstrates the assured technical command and ability to respond to swift contrasts in style required in playing Scriabin`s music
Gramophone

Related products

No related products

The Bitter Suite

The Bitter Suite

Paul Grabowsky Sextet

Alexander Scriabin / Paul Grabowsky
Alexander Scriabin, Piano Sonatas (complete)

Alexander Scriabin, Piano Sonatas (complete)

Anatol Ugorski

Alexander Scriabin
€ 31.95
Add to cart
The Complete Dances

The Complete Dances

Katsaris, Cyprien

Alexander Scriabin
€ 26.95
Add to cart
Cyprien Katsaris Archives Vol. 1 Russian Music

Cyprien Katsaris Archives Vol. 1 Russian Music

Cyprien Kataris / Großes Rundfunkorchester Leipzig / Orchestre Radio-Symphonique De Lille

Sergei Rachmaninov / Pyotr íl'yich Tchaikovsky / Sergei Prokofiev / Rodion Shchedrin / Alexander Scriabin / György Cziffra
€ 26.95
Add to cart
The Preludes Vol 1

The Preludes Vol 1

Paul Komen

Alexander Scriabin
Scriabin: Complete Etudes

Scriabin: Complete Etudes

Piers Lane piano

Alexander Scriabin