Symphony No. 2 by Alexander Scriabin


'''Symphony No. 2''', Op. 29, in C minor was written in 1901 and first performed in St Petersburg under Anatol Lyadov on 12 January 1902. It is the most structurally conventional of all Scriabin's symphonies.Bernard Jacobson, 1991, Scriabin, Symphonies 1, 2 and 3, etc., UPC 724356772021.

The symphony consists of five movements, although the first two and the final two are linked, following one another without a break:

*I. Andante

*II. Allegro

*III. Andante

*IV. Tempestoso

*V. Maestoso

When Vassily Safonoff, conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1903 to 1919, conducted Scriabin's Second Symphony for the first time, he waved the score at the orchestra and said, "Here is the new Bible, gentlemen..."[ Aspen no. 2, item 2: Scriabin Again and Again]