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Gordon Fergus-Thompson

Scriabin: Piano Works (5CD)

Over the course of the 1990s, the Scottish pianist Gordon Fergus-Thompson recorded five albums of Scriabin on the ASV label. Long unavailable, they are compiled and reissued here for the first time complete with original booklet essays by Bryce Morrison.

Interviewed in 1995, at roughly the halfway point of the series, Fergus-Thompson remarked that he found "an essential continuity in Scriabin’s language. There’s a special sort of logic in the progress from the First to the Tenth Sonata. Scriabin was a new, entirely original kind of composer/pianist and even in his earliest works his flightiness and volatility are paramount. It’s an extraordinary experience playing and recording this music, alternately exhilarating and unnerving."

CD 1
Étude, Op. 2 No. 1
Eight Études, Op. 42
Piano Sonata No. 4
Piano Sonata No. 5
Piano Sonata No. 9
Piano Sonata No. 10

CD 2
Two Nocturnes, Op. 5
Piano Sonata No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 3
Twelve Études, Op. 8

CD 3
Prelude, Op. 2 No. 2
Prelude, Op. 9 No. 1
24 Preludes, Op. 11
Six Preludes, Op. 13
Five Preludes, Op. 15
Five Preludes, Op. 16
Seven Preludes, Op. 17

CD 4
Ten Mazurkas, Op. 3
Nine Mazurkas, Op. 25
Two Mazurkas, Op. 3

CD 5
Four Preludes, Op. 22
Two Preludes, Op. 27
Four Preludes, Op. 31
Four Preludes, Op. 33
Three Preludes, Op. 35
Four Preludes, Op. 37
Four Preludes, Op. 39
Prelude, Op. 45 No. 2
Four Preludes, Op. 48
Prelude, Op. 49 No. 2
Prelude, Op. 51 No. 2
Prelude, Op. 56 No. 1
Prelude, Op. 59 No. 2
Two Preludes, Op. 67
Five Preludes, Op. 74
Two Pieces, Op. 57
Impromptu à la Mazur
Two Impromptus à la Mazur, Op. 7
Two Impromptus, Op. 10

Gordon Fergus-Thompson, piano