Challenge
Extase
Alexander Scriabin
Michele Gurdal

Extase

CD | Challenge Classics | 0608917264029 | CC 72640 | 05-14

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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.

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Michèle Gurdal - eine junge Expertin für die Werke Skrjabins.

Michèle Yuki Gurdal entstammt einer belgisch-japanischen Familie und wurde innerhalb dieser in jungen Jahren gefördert. Das talentierte Mädchen stand bereits mit 9 Jahren auf dem Konzertpodium, schloss mit 17 ihr Studium am Konservatorium in Brüssel ab und belegte Meisterkurse bei Homero Francesch und Anatol Ugorski.
Michèle Gurdal verfügt über ein breit gefächertes Repertoire mit Schwerpunkt auf der Musik Alexander Skrjabins. Im Alter von 10 Jahren hörte sie Vladimir Horowitz mit der Etüde op. 2 Nr. 1 und wurde seitdem nach eigenen Angaben „magisch“ von der Musik angezogen.
Den pianistischen und musikalischen Herausforderungen der Etüden von Skrjabin stellte sich Michèle Gurdal in zahlreichen Konzerten und erkannte, dass auch das Publikum von den facettenreichen Stücken mitgerissen werden kann.
Die Pianistin interpretiert die anspruchsvollen Werke auf einem C. Bechstein-Konzertflügel. Skrjabin selber besaß einen dieser Flügel und bevorzugte den durchsichtigen, eleganten und warmen Klang.
 

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Michèle Gurdal impressively demonstrates the assured technical command and ability to respond to swift contrasts in style required in playing Scriabin`s music
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Tracklisting
01-09-2014 CC 72640 - Extase - Michele Gurdal - Gramophone
01-09-2014 CC 72640 - Extase - Michele Gurdal - Piano News
08-05-2014 CC 72640 - Extase - Michele Gurdal - Musicalifeiten
07-05-2014 CC 72640 - Extase - Michele Gurdal - Opus Klassiek
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