Still more Scriabin Piano Sonatas! We heard the 7th and 8th Sonatas this afternoon, the first having the subtitle "White Mass." The first half of the show, with the music of Glazunov, was programmed by Eric Ingram.
The first part of a survey of Scriabin's ten Piano Sonatas, works that microcosmically reflect the composer's overall compositional approach and growth from the Romantic warmth of his early language to the later, more atonal, and uniquely "Scriabinesque" voice, which, according to author Henry Miller, "sounds like... a bath of ice, cocaine, and rainbows." Here we heard Ruth Laredo's interpretation of the Sonatas.