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Scriabin Piano Sonatas,
Volume II

Matthew Bengtson, Piano

Whit this release, Matthew Bengtson completes his traversal of complete piano Sonatas by Alexander Scriabin.

• Sonata no. 1 in Fminor, op. 6 (1893)
• Sonata no. 2 in G# minor, op.19,
"Sonata-fantaisie" (1892-97)
• Poeme in F# major, op. 32 no. 1 (1903)
• Prelude in F# minor, op. 27, no. 1 (1900)
• Four Preludes, op. 37 (1903)
• Deux Morceaux, op. 59 (1910-11)
• Sonata no. 6, op. 62 (1911-12)
• Two Poemes, op. 63 (1912)
• Sonata no. 7, op. 64,
"White Mass" (1911-12)

Sonata no. 7, op. 64, "White Mass" - Allegro
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An advocate of both contemporary and raerly performed music, Mattew Bengtson commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from William Byrd to Berio and Ligeti and numerous contemporary composers. One special interest is the music of the early twentieth century, especially that of Alexander Scriabin and Karol Szymanowski. His doctoral reaserch and first studio recording werw devoted to Szymanowski's 22 mazurkas. His interpretation of six Scriabin Sonatas, also available on Roméo Records 7232, was praised by Lawrence Budmen of the American Record Guide:
"Big-boned pianism, rich tonal colors, and dazzling technique are on display here. Has Scriabin ever been played better? Only Horowitz and Richter can compare to what Bengtson achieves on this disc."