The Peabody Post

Matthew Bengtson Commemorates Scriabin With Complete Sonata Recording and Concerts

scriabindiscPianist Matthew Bengtson (MM ’97, DMA ’01, Piano) has been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Scriabin with the release of a recording of the composer’s complete sonatas and giving numerous all-Scriabin concerts in the midwest and all over the northeast United States, including several performances of the complete sonatas. The recording received numerous rave reviews: ” .. infinitely and ineffably compelling” “Only Horowitz and Richter can compare to what Bengtson achieves on this disc” .. ”  ” .. Bengtson is a Scriabinist for the 21st century .. upon whom future generations can rely for definitive interpretations.” In June, on the summer solstice, Bengtson participated in a unique tribute, “Scriabin in the Himalayas,” in Ladakh, India at high altitude in a Buddhist monastery combining music, scenery, architecture, colored lights, Cham dance, and timed scent diffusions. The performances served as the basis for a video documentary on the composer’s synaesthetic vision for his Mysterium.

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