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The familiar and unfamiliar rub shoulders in this imaginatively programmed disc centred on Scriabin. Le poème de l’extase is one of the Russian’s hallmark scores in its orchestral garb, but Sergei Pavchincky’s 1955 transcription, nicely rendered by Maria Lettberg, is a revelation. Scriabin’s influence in the two substantial tributes, by Harald Banter (born 1930) and Manfred Kelkel (1929-99), is very individually worked through – most impressively in Kelkel’s diptych (written in 1972 for Scriabin’s centenary). The connection to Messiaen (the first and last of Vingt Regards) seems contrived: Sorabji would have been more apposite. Liszt’s famous late elegy may seem anomalous but is prophetic of much that surfaced in Scriabin soon after.

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