RUED LANGGAARD (1893-1952): Sponsa christi taedium vitae. Fantasia virtuosa, BVN 297, Music of the Abyss, BVN 169, The Flame Chambers, BVN 221, ALEXANDER SCRIABIN (1872-1915): 3 morceaux, Op. 45, Sonata No. 10, Op. 70, Sonata No. 9 “Black Mass”, Vers la flamme, Op. 72.
Catalogue Number: 11X044
Description: “Eccentric Piano Works” is the subtitle of this disc and the blurb is succinct: “Both Scriabin and Langgaard believed that through their music they could pave the way for a spiritual revolution. The piano offered a perfect and very intimate medium for their highly personal harmonic and expressive vocabularies. Scriabin drew on daemonic associations in his Piano Sonata No. 9 to liberate the old tonal system, whereas Langgaard explored his youthful fascination with Catholicism in music of fanaticism and ecstasy. Langgaard’s The Flame Chambers and Scriabin’s Vers la flamme are feverish musical twins that exemplify both composers’ explosive intensity.” It’s also worth noting that the Langgaard pieces are hardly ever recorded and that one of them - The Flame Chambers - is not even in the three-volume series of his piano music on Dacapo. Gustav Piekut (piano).