Piano Sonata no. 8 op. 66
Editor: Valentina Rubcova
Fingering: Michael Schneidt
In his last years, Skryabin realized a noble and great idea. Inspired by his study of theosophical writings, he dreamed of joining music, poetry, mime, architecture, light, colour and even aromas to create a “Gesamtkunstwerk”, and thus elevate human beings to a higher level of consciousness. This “Mysterium” was never completed, but his late piano sonatas – conceived as preliminary studies – enable us to see what moved Skryabin. He spent a particularly long time working on his eighth sonata and proofread it intensively; but later quite a few mistakes still found their way into it. Thanks to the autograph and the first edition, ambiguous passages have now been cleared up and corrected in our Urtext edition.
Audio example: Roberto Szidon
Deutsche Grammophon 028947704928GTR3
Mit Skrjabins 8. Klaviersonate hat der G. Henle Verlag eine Ausgabe vorgelegt, die in der Tradition seiner seit langem bekannten hohen Qualität steht.
[Neue Musikzeitung, 2008]
The clarity of the Henle edition will facilitate initial learning, as it makes the detail of cross-rhythms and layering of voices easy to comprehend.
[Piano Professional, 2008]
Henle continue their admirable re-branding of Scriabin’s complex music with an especially lucid and expansively presented presentation of the mysterious, wistfully lugubrious Eighth Sonata. … Rubcova has also removed a number of unnecessary reminders of accidentals which had existed in earlier publications. Fingering by Michael Schneidt is subtly spread throughout the work and is generally sensible.
[International Piano, 2008]