Shostakovich and Comrades

Shostakovich and Comrades

by Murray McLachlan
     
 

The plan, program, conception, and execution of this album, Shostakovich and His Comrades, played with extravagant magnificence by pianist Murray McLachlan, are brilliant. Only listeners who are turned off to hardcore Socialist Realism expressed through super-virtuoso, ultra-violent piano music are likely to dislike it. When See more details below

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The plan, program, conception, and execution of this album, Shostakovich and His Comrades, played with extravagant magnificence by pianist Murray McLachlan, are brilliant. Only listeners who are turned off to hardcore Socialist Realism expressed through super-virtuoso, ultra-violent piano music are likely to dislike it. When Shostakovich premiered his "First Sonata" for his friends, he left blood all over the keyboard, and some of this music is so sharp-edged, with such extraordinary technical challenges, that it's easy to see how that could have happened. The works McLachlan has chosen are superb examples of Soviet Modernist piano music. They include both of Shostakovich's sonatas, the bone-crushing "First," and the take-no-prisoners "Second," plus Kabalevsky's monomaniacal "Third Sonata," Myaskovsky's obsessive "Song and Rhapsody," Shchedrin's incendiary "Tschastuschki," and Stevenson's massive "Recitative and Air (DSCH)." McLachlan never lets up and never lets go until the works are thoroughly drained. The sound here is a bit dry and a tad recessed, but fans of this repertoire will likely love this disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
Label:
Divine Art
UPC:
0809730508028
catalogNumber:
25080
Rank:
331232

Tracks

  1. Naughty Limericks, concerto for orchestra (Concerto No. 1)  - Rodion Shchedrin  - Murray McLachlan
  2. Sonata for piano No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 61  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Murray McLachlan
  3. Recitative and Air for piano  - Ronald Stevenson  - Murray McLachlan
  4. Sonata for piano No. 1 (October Symphony), Op. 12  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Murray McLachlan
  5. Prelude and rondo-sonata for piano in B flat major ("Song and Rhapsody"), Op. 58  - Nikolay Myaskovsky  - Murray McLachlan
  6. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F major, Op. 46  - Dmitry Kabalevsky  - Murray McLachlan

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