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Canadian pianist Jeremy Thompson first presented a replica of Scriabin’s last recital in 2015 on the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Shorter works (Preludes, mainly) lead to each sonata, giving the disc a recital shape with an interval after the Third Sonata.

Thompson’s playing is masterly throughout. The arresting Prelude in G minor Op 39/3 attests to the strength of his playing, while there are many and varied examples of his more poetic side. Thompson’s technique is fabulous (try the Etude Op 8/7), as it needs to be for the muscular Third Sonata, intensely performed here, voice-leading always intelligent.

The later pieces (mainly Opp 73 and 74) glint in astral half-light before the Fourth Sonata transports us to other realms. A fine, intelligent, well-recorded disc.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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