Vladimir Sofronitsky ranks on a par with Rubinstein and Rachmaninov.
He was admired by Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Horovitz recognized
hios unique talent and Glazunov named him "one of the outstanding
This CD presents pieces by Alexander Scryabin of whom Sofronitsky,
not long before he died, said: "From my young days through
my whole life and to the end I will take with me with great joy
my love to him. Life, light, struggle, will. This is where the greatness
of Scryabin lies." Sofronytsky's interpretations were very
close to the author's himself, not by its technique but by spirit
I think that Sofronitsky is the closest to Chopin: forceful, bright,
truthful, soulful, elegiac but also elegant - these are qualities
common to all Art. However, both in Chopin and Sofronitsky they
are stressed to an extreme, with their life on the line, seriously,
in tears flowing on their face, hands, life or ascetically swallowed
- there is no room for the tears, everything is going to disappear
now - faster, faster!! - or everything is shining in the purity
of the spiritual look facing the sunny Source of Truth.
Sofronitsky was exactly a pure romantic; he is all yearning to the
infinite and totally indifferent to the sea of life and is completely
helpless in such.