About Ruth Laredo
Hailed as "America's First Lady of the Piano" by the New York Daily News, Ruth Laredo earned a distinguished worldwide reputation as a leading soloist, recitalist, and recording artist. While her broad repertoire ranged from Beethoven to Barber, she was particularly renowned for her pioneering recordings of the complete solo piano music of Rachmaninoff and the complete piano sonatas of Scriabin, which was released on Nonesuch. The New York Times praised Laredo's “sensuous, beautifully controlled playing" on the recording, which expressed the “mad and slightly evil quality” of Scriabin’s work. Laredo died in 2005 at the age of 67.
November 15, 1996
The Scriabin piano sonatas, performed here by American pianist Ruth Laredo, provide a musical biography, outlining the composer’s career and his stylistic progression. The New York Times praised Laredo's “sensuous, beautifully controlled playing," which expressed the “mad and slightly evil quality” of Scriabin’s work.