Written by: Margaret Wacyk
When Victor Hugo wrote: “Music is the vapor of art. It is to poetry what reverie is to thought, what fluid is to liquid, what the ocean of clouds is to the ocean of waves,” he reveals the ethereal soul of the masterworks featured in this collection. The artistic ‘vapor’ of daring and operatically scaled drama pervades Clementi’s powerful Sonata in F# minor; Poetry, fire and thought form the spiritual base of Schumann’s Fantasiestucke; Fluid volcanic forces find their home in Scriabin’s Sonata No. 4 where we are seduced into a world where senses know no boundaries;…and moments of reverie casade atop shifting waves of drama in Chopin’s Scherzo No. 2.