[f_minor] Scriabin

michael macelletti mmacelletti at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jan 31 12:16:03 PST 2012

bravo, fred !!!   you have said it perfectly. and your instincts are correct. 
don't feel you have to re-listen to scriabin to find what you have been told you 
missed. for you have missed nothing.  you won't find much more the second time 
around.         don't get me wrong.  mr scriabin offered a breakthrough ( or 
continuation ) in the destruction of key, and the chance to play the world's 
hardest piece, according to s. richter.  ( the only problem  with the latter is 
that now EVERY pianist plays it to deserve that prestige ).    and there are 
very impressive clusters of musical color. but the problem is that it's a little 
like mickey mouse , the sorcerer.  a lot of impressive motion and noise, but not 
much else.------ in the same league with your bach ? nope,  not a chance.       

From: "Houpt, Fred" <fred.houpt at rbc.com>
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Sent: Mon, January 30, 2012 9:31:30 AM
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Scriabin

GOOD Heavens, I seem to have set the GG forest  afire!!!!   Well, my reaction to 
the Scriabin was a first impression  and what I was paying attention to were the 
melodic elements, not the  structures.   I've heard lots of Scriabin and find 
him attractive, but  this particular Sonata, on first encounter, I found, now 
that I think of my  initial metaphor, like a forest devoid of all its leaves.  
Stark, blank and  empty are the first things that come to mind.  To honor 
the strong  responses that my small post has elicited I will revisit the sonata 
and give it  another listen......
I still lament GG's lack of Debussy and Faure for that  matter.  I can 
only imagine how he would have launched a frontal  attack on some of Rach's more 
treacherously ponderous technical  moments.....
Kind regards,
Fred Houpt

 From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org  [mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org] 
On Behalf Of f h
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 5:17 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian  pianist Glenn Gould.
Subject: [f_minor] Scriabin


I        hope that I've copied the URL correctly.  Am listening to GG play        
Scriabin's sonata #5.  Not heard this before and am not overly        
impressed.  I think GG would have been better off playing more Ravel        and 
certainly Debussy than this mediocre work.  


Fred Houpt
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