Alexander Scriabin – 24 Preludes for Piano, Op. 11

September 18, 2014

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– Composer: Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (6 January 1872 — 27 April 1915)
– Performer: Mikhail Pletnev
– Year of recording: 1996 (Live in Bristol, England)

24 Preludes, Op. 11 is a set of preludes composed in the course of eight years between 1888–1896.

00:00 – 01. in C major – Vivace
01:12 – 02. in A minor – Allegretto
03:41 – 03. in G major – Vivo
04:36 – 04. in E minor – Lento
06:26 – 05. in D major – Andante cantabile
07:59 – 06. in B minor – Allegro
08:58 – 07. in A major – Allegro assai
09:56 – 08. in F-sharp minor – Allegro agitato
12:20 – 09. in E major – Andantino
13:45 – 10. in C-sharp minor – Andante
15:03 – 11. in B major – Allegro assai
16:45 – 12. in G-sharp minor – Andante
18:24 – 13. in G-flat major – Lento
19:50 – 14. in E-flat minor – Presto
20:50 – 15. in D-flat major – Lento
22:39 – 16. in B-flat minor – Misterioso
24:40 – 17. in A-flat major – Allegretto
25:20 – 18. in F minor – Allegro agitato
26:14 – 19. in E-flat major – Affettuoso
27:43 – 20. in C minor – Appassionato
28:49 – 21. in B-flat major – Andante
30:36 – 22. in G minor – Lento
31:51 – 23. in F major – Vivo
32:31 – 24. in D minor – Presto

Scriabin’s 24 preludes were modeled after Frédéric Chopin’s own set of 24 Preludes, Op. 28: they also covered all 24 major and minor keys and they follow the same key sequence: C major, A minor, G major, E minor, D major, B minor and so on, alternating major keys with their relative minors, and following the ascending circle of fifths.

It is considered an outstanding twentieth-century stylish piece among Scriabin’s early works, with preludes ranging from very easy to quite difficult.