Scriabin Symphony No. 3, Op. 43, Symphony No. 4, Op. 56 (2015)

Scriabin

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko

“But this is a disaster!” Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915) is known to have cried out the night before he died. He was only forty-

three, hardly old even in Russia of that time. What was it Scriabin did not manage to complete? And what, despite everything, did he succeed in accomplishing? To find answers, to understand his work, we must direct our attention toward his time.

“The beginning of the 20th century was Scriabin’s era”, Boris Pasternak wrote. Pasternak is best known here in this country as the author of Dr. Zhivago, which earned him the Nobel Prize. But he was perhaps a poet above all and originally wanted to become a composer. Young Boris was in fact fervently preoccupied with and inspired by the remarkable man who usually spent the summer near the family’s country house: Alexander Scriabin. Boris’s father, Leonid, a well-known artist in Russia at the time, painted some of the very best portraits that exist of the distinguished neighbour.

The closeness of painting, poetry and music is symptomatic of the period before and after the beginning of the 20th century in Russia, known as the Silver Age of Russian culture. Symbolism was the dominant school of thought and art in this period. One of its leading exponents, Andrei Bely, wrote four prose works that he referred to as “symphonies”, while Scriabin — who often and somewhat too categorically is seen as Symbolism’s leading composer — for his part, called his third and fourth symphonies “poems”.

 

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Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

On 27 September 1919, a new orchestra took to the stage of the old Logan Hall in Oslo to give its first public concert. Conductor Georg Schnéevoigt presided over thrilling performances of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Christian Sinding’s First Symphony. After forty years of making-do, the Norwegian capital had at last got the orchestra it deserved. The Oslo Philharmonic was born. 

In the eight months that followed, the Oslo Philharmonic gave 135 concerts, most of which sold out. It tackled passionate Mahler, glistening Debussy and thrusting Nielsen. Soon, world famous musicians were coming to conduct it, relishing its youth and enthusiasm. Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel visited Oslo to coach the musicians through brand new music. National broadcaster NRK began to hang microphones at the orchestra’s concerts, transmitting them to the whole of Norway. 

 

Over the next half-century, the Oslo Philharmonic’s reputation grew steadily. Then, in 1979, it changed forever. A young Latvian arrived in Norway, taking the orchestra apart section-by-section, putting it back together a finely tuned machine with a whole new attitude. Under Mariss Jansons, the orchestra became a rival to the great Philharmonics of Vienna, Berlin and New York. It was soon playing everywhere, from Seattle to Salzburg, Lisbon to London. Back home in Oslo, it got a modern, permanent concert hall of its own. In 1986, EMI drew up the largest orchestral contract in its history, ensuring the world would hear the rich, visceral sound of the Oslo Philharmonic. 

 

 

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Scriabin Symphony No. 3, Op. 43, Symphony No. 4, Op. 56 (2015)

Scriabin

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Digital Converters: Horus
Producer: John Fraser
Recording Engineer: Arne Akselberg, Thomas Wolden
Recording location: Oslo Concert Hall, Norway
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Symphony No. 3, Op. 43 Introduction, I. Luttes (Struggles)
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Symphony No. 3, Op. 43 II. Voluptes (Delights) II. Voluptes (Delights)
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Symphony No. 4, Op. 54, Le Poeme de l'extase
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