What did Scriabin share with Donald J. Trump? Small hands…

What did Scriabin share with Donald J. Trump? Small hands…


norman lebrecht

October 01, 2017

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

What did Alexander Scriabin have in common with Donald J. Trump? Small hands, that’s what. 

Scriabin’s 1897 piano concerto was an instant hit with similarly endowed artists, although it also won approval from Sergei Rachmaninov, whose mitts were mega-sized. Despite these contemporary endorsements, it has hovered ever since on the repertoire fringes….

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  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Gosh John do you actually support the orange imbecile? Tee her poor you. Nothing to boat about.

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    Scriabin shared something else with Donald Trump: they were both clinically insane.

  • Steve P says:

    I love them both. Hope President Trump continues draining the swamp like Scriabin tore apart tertian harmony. MAGA!

  • Petros Linardos says:

    I sampled the piano concerto recording online, and was very impressed. Gerstein is a profound artist with an immaculate technique. Seems like he always has something interesting to say.
    (Too bad the references to a neonazi supporting pig have sidetracked this conversation.)

  • ChiLynne says:

    What is with you people? I thought that this was a music blog. Not a Trump fan but don’t especially like the small hive-minds reflexively attacking just to make sure all the progressivatii can recognize their bona fides. UGH!

    • Petros Linardos says:

      It definitely would be far better if that despicable person’s name didn’t come up in these blog posts and discussions. On the other hand, I think the reason many people comment on him has more to do with venting about an avoidable tragedy.

      • Steve P says:

        You mean electing Billary again? Yes, thank God, that tragedy was avoided.

        • Petros Linardos says:

          Do you really not understand who I was referring to or are you trolling?

          • Steve P says:

            Lighten up, Petros, of course I know to whom you refer. You made your sentiments quite clear with your baseless allegations.
            No need to enter into debate, however. Neither of us is likely to be steered from our opinion of the opposition candidate. Just so happens Trump is POTUS and Hillary is a whining shrew.
            Scriabin is still awesome, however; maybe we can agree on that point?

          • Petros Linardos says:

            Steve, let’s drop politics and talk about music.

            Scriabin’s piano concerto I find very nice. I find Scriabin an interesting, definitely have nothing against him, but I could easily eliminate him from any shortlist of my favorite composers. Maybe I should explore his music a little more.

            We may find more common ground on Kirill Gerstein, for whom I have enormous respect and admiration. Judging from samples, his recording of the Liszt etudes easily beats Trifonov’s. It may even hold its own against Arrau’s.

          • Steve P says:

            I’m kinda in the same boat: interesting and adventurous, but not in my top 25 composers. I do like his 3rd symphony and don’t know his piano concerto at all – enjoyed his sonatas when I’ve heard them, so I owe it to myself to dive into the concerto at some point. Definitely like Petrenko with RLPO, so I bet this concerto is a blockbuster.