Repertoire: The Essential Scriabin

Scriabin’s music constitutes a uniquely captivating sound world, one so original that it tends to get overlooked–at least by me; but thanks to a timely suggestion by one of you very kind viewers, I hereby make amends and offer a…

Repertoire: The Haydn Symphony CRUSADE (No. 24)

Haydn’s Symphony No. 24 (here played by the Northern Chamber Orchestra under Nicholas Ward on Naxos Records) deserves the closest possible attention. It reeks of innovation, formally and timbrally. Its first movement embarks on an astonishing expressive journey, with themes…

Repertoire: Miniature Masterpieces No. 19 (Liszt)

The Pastorale from Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage (Book 1, Suisse) is an unforgettable miniature masterpiece–an atmospheric gem in the simplest possible form, endowed with typically titillating turns of harmony over two contrasting, lilting rhythmic patterns. The whole thing plays for…