Thursday 20 August 2015
"An acoustic hologram" -'Scriabin-Poem Of Ecstasy' on MusicWeb International
“Beguiling: he ( Mikhail Pletnev ) doesn’t push the music, rather he lets it unfold.” - Len Mullenger
Over the last couple of months, since the release of the album "Scriabin - Symphony No.1 and The Poem of Ecstasy", this SACD has been frequently prised by many classical music experts. Here below, we would like to share with you an astonishing review form a listening session of the three MusicalWeb International classical music experts: David Dyer, Len Mullenger and John Quinn. Honestly speaking, this audio report gives us a lot of joy and positive energy in continuing doing what we love most - providing an impeccable way of experiencing classical music.
'We stayed with Russian music but turned to something that’s poles apart from Shostakovich. Dan Morgan has recently reviewed with great enthusiasm a new recording on which Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra in music by Scriabin. Dan’s review was of the download and on his recommendation we listened to the SACD format, choosing The Poem of Ecstasy. We were deeply impressed. The PENTATONE recording is opulent and well-detailed. A few minutes into the performance both LM and JQ noted with approval the sound of the bass drum. The important first trumpet part is superbly played here, the trumpeter employing just the right amount of traditional Russian vibrato. The orchestra playing is magnificent and thanks to the recording you can enjoy it to the full. The multi-layered textures and vivid colours of Scriabin’s orchestration are exceptionally well served. We were just as struck by the interpretation. LM described Pletnev’s conducting as “beguiling: he doesn’t push the music, rather he lets it unfold”. In this performance and recording the climaxes are mighty but the many soft passages sound suitably sensuous. The last climax is overwhelming in its intensity. LM’s verdict was that the recording is “staggering”. He described it as an “acoustic hologram”: the recording is three-dimensional so the listener can see/hear where everything is in the sound picture. In terms of sound quality this fine performance was Disc of the Day.' - John Quinn
For those who have not heard it yet, here you can listen to our "Scriabin - Symphony No.1 and The Poem of Ecstasy" release with Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra, Svetlana Shilova, Mikhail Gubsky, Vladislav Lavrik, Norbert Gembaczka, Alexander Solovyev and Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory:
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