Shostakovich: Preludes & Fugues Nos. 17-24

Shostakovich: Preludes & Fugues Nos. 17-24

     
 
Tatiana Nikolayeva was the pianist who was able to convince Soviet authorities that Shostakovich's "Preludes and Fugues" were a worthy composition. She was also the one for whom Shostakovich wrote them. This is the last of a three-disc reissue of her 1987 Melodiya recording of the entire set. What is

Overview

Tatiana Nikolayeva was the pianist who was able to convince Soviet authorities that Shostakovich's "Preludes and Fugues" were a worthy composition. She was also the one for whom Shostakovich wrote them. This is the last of a three-disc reissue of her 1987 Melodiya recording of the entire set. What is always notable about her playing, whether it is Bach or Shostakovich, is her tone. It is resonant enough that she uses pedal only to add a little extra color, yet her notes are always very clear. According to the liner notes, she always insisted that she was following Shostakovich's tempos exactly. These last eight "Preludes and Fugues" tend to be slower and more introspective in her hands, particularly the "Preludes," than in Ashkenazy's recording. Yet, even if the faster fugues, such as "No. 21," are not as lively, these pieces are never morose, never less than benevolent. The affinity she had for Shostakovich and his music is very evident in her playing. At times in the monumental ending of the last "Fugue," it seems as if she had carefully planned exactly how to play each note to give the grandeur a three-dimensional feel. She was a great interpreter of this great work.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
Label:
Moscow Studio
UPC:
0723721076757
catalogNumber:
19067

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Tracks

  1. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Prelude No. 17 in A flat  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  2. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Fugue No. 17 in A flat  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  3. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Prelude No. 18 in F minor  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  4. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Fugue No. 18 in F minor  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  5. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Prelude No. 19 in E flat  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  6. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Fugue No. 19 in E flat  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  7. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Prelude No. 20 in E minor  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  8. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Fugue No. 20 in E minor  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  9. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Prelude No. 21 in B flat  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  10. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Fugue No. 21 in B flat  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  11. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Prelude No. 22 in G minor  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  12. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Fugue No. 22 in G minor  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  13. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Prelude No. 23 in F  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  14. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Fugue No. 23 in F  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  15. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Prelude No. 24 in D minor  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant
  16. Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87: Fugue No. 24 in D minor  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Wassily Kandinsky  - Tatiana Nikolayeva  - William D. Tennant

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