A Scriabin marathon: Peter Donohoe scales the complete piano sonatas

Scriabin: Peter Donohoe ****

Milton Court, 23rd April 2017

Pounding the 26 miles from Greenwich Park to The Mall wasn’t the only marathon in London today. At Milton Court, Peter Donohoe ran his own marathon – albeit from the safety of the piano stool – tackling all ten sonatas by Alexander Scriabin. The Russian pianist-composer’s route took us from lush romanticism to weird mysticism, often in highly perfumed musical language which can be difficult to penetrate. Helping us navigate a sometimes disorientating route – the sonatas weren’t played in chronological order – was Gerard McBurney, providing readings, mostly of texts by the composer’s great friend, Leonid Sabaneyev.

Peter Donohoe
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