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Work: Le Poème de l'extase (The Poem of Ecstasy), Op.54

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ComposerScriabin, Alexander (1872-1915)
Period20th century
Work typeOrchestral
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ParisEnsemble intercontemporain plays Scriabin

Scriabin, Zimmermann, Bartók
Ensemble intercontemporain; Matthias Pintscher; Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris; Sébastien Vichard; Urs Schönebaum
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Louis Langrée makes his New York Philharmonic debut

Louis Langrée © A. J. Waltz

Three of the pieces that Louis Langrée conducted in his New York Philharmonic debut concerts were similarly atmospheric and impressionistic, stealing each other’s thunder. Happily, the Scriabin was cathartic.

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Rites of ecstasy: Dausgaard pairs knockout Scriabin and Stravinsky

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the Seattle Symphony © Carlin Ma
Continuing in his inaugural Seattle Symphony season, Thomas Dausgaard casts a gorgeous spell with Scriabin but is just short of truly thrilling in Stravinsky's Modernist icon. 
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Ecstatic highs mark Denève’s Cleveland Orchestra program

Stéphane Denève © Uwe Ditz
An orchestral program on the theme of ecstasy, religious and profane, included a piano concerto by James MacMillan along with works by Jennifer Higdon, Debussy, and Scriabin.
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LSO Futures: A mixed night of mostly new music at the Barbican

Simon Halsey conducting the public domain © Doug Peters
The LSO Futures season presented a programme of alternately effective, un-engaging and overpowering music at the Barbican.
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Lorenzo Viotti debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala

Lorenzo Viotti © Brescia e Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Viotti will return to La Scala to conduct Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in 2020. The programme this time round gave an indication of some of the positive qualities to expect. It also warned of some potential pitfalls.
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