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Polyphonic Dialogues - Joachim Kwetzinsky, piano Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 2010)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: 2L
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHKE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an exceptionally stimulating release, both musically and sonically.

Following on from the transcendent Bach '48'. Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugue scale the heights of Western instrumental music. Shchedrin's later attempt at such a cycle is less well known, however.

On paper, smashing extracts of these two works together just shouldn't work. But it does. The Shostakovich tracks are more classical and lyrical, whilst the Shchedrin is more dissonant and motoric. The dialogue between the two is therefore both pungent and illuminating.

Listening to this disc is rather like wandering an unknown country and finding unexpected landmarks you know and love. That makes for a fascinating journey.

The playing of the young Norwegian pianist, Joachim Kwetzinsky, is just magnificent throughout - idiomatic, passionate, dynamic and lyrical when required. It's also exceptionally transparent - matching well, as we shall see, the sonics on this disc.

I would urge 2L to get him back into the studio as rapidly as possible to complete the full Shostakovich 24, which is criminally lacking on SACD; it would be definitive.

The sound quality of this disc is also exceptional. Every time I hear a DXD-recorded SACD from 2L or Ondine, I wonder why more labels are not using it. Transparent and truthful, without the well-known editing 'issues' of DSD, it is producing some of the most accurate and musical SACDs being produced today.

The piano sound on this disc is crystalline in its clarity and accuracy. My only criticism would be that I would have preferred the microphones pulled back a few feet to manifest more hall sound.

Let me end with a moan, however. The digipak packaging sucks, big-time. The cardboard gets dog-eared instantly, whilst the shiny black finish attracts fingerprints from light years around.

A disc of this quality simply deserves better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf8f204) out of 5 stars Dueling polyphony 1 Jun. 2010
By Leni Bogat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The towering monument that is the two books of The Well Tempered Klavier by J. S. Bach had stood like a colossus unchallenged at the gates of polyphony for over 200 years. Yes, preludes - especially notable are the sets in every major and minor key by Chopin, Hummel and Kessler - and fugues had been written since. Even Preludes accompanied by Fugues had be penned. But until the 20th Century, seemingly no one of note had dared compose a set of 24 preludes and fugues in the 24 Major and minor keys as Bach had twice done.

Exactly 200 years after the death of Bach, one of the greatest of all Russian composers, Dmitri Shostakovich, was at work on a remarkable set of 24 preludes and fugues, published as his Op 87. This too is a monumental and great work, sadly under-represented in the concerts and recordings of our time.

Within 15 years, another major Russian composer, Rodion Shchedrin, having heard the Shostakovich preludes and fugues, was hard at work on his own very different and equally remarkable set.

Now, a marvelous Norwegian pianist, Joachim Kwetzinsky, has come out with a wonderful CD entitled "Polyphonic Dialogues" alternating pairs of the preludes and fugues from both sets, two by Shchedrin, two by Shostakovich, two more by Shchedrin, and so on. The whole dialogue is surrounded by two unrelated polyphonic works by Shchedrin, like book-ends.

The overall effect is stunning, the performances vibrant, and in this CD we have not only an excellent recording of much of this great music, we have a CD that has been conceived as a wonderfully thought out concert program.

I cannot recommend this hybrid SACD/CD release highly enough.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf8f450) out of 5 stars An exciting musical journey 1 Oct. 2010
By J. S. Bower - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an exceptionally stimulating release, both musically and sonically.

Following on from the transcendent Bach '48'. Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugue scale the heights of Western instrumental music. Shchedrin's later attempt at such a cycle is less well known, however.

On paper, smashing extracts of these two works together just shouldn't work. But it does. The Shostakovich tracks are more classical and lyrical, whilst the Shchedrin is more dissonant and motoric. The dialogue between the two is therefore both pungent and illuminating.

Listening to this disc is rather like wandering an unknown country and finding unexpected landmarks you know and love. That makes for a fascinating journey.

The playing of the young Norwegian pianist, Joachim Kwetzinsky, is just magnificent throughout - idiomatic, passionate, dynamic and lyrical when required. It's also exceptionally transparent - matching well, as we shall see, the sonics on this disc.

I would urge 2L to get him back into the studio as rapidly as possible to complete the full Shostakovich 24, which is criminally lacking on SACD; it would be definitive.

The sound quality of this disc is also exceptional. Every time I hear a DXD-recorded SACD from 2L or Ondine, I wonder why more labels are not using it. Transparent and truthful, without the well-known editing 'issues' of DSD, it is producing some of the most accurate and musical SACDs being produced today.

The piano sound on this disc is crystalline in its clarity and accuracy. My only criticism would be that I would have preferred the microphones pulled back a few feet to manifest more hall sound.

Let me end with a moan, however. The digipak packaging sucks, big-time. The cardboard gets dog-eared instantly, whilst the shiny black finish attracts fingerprints from light years around.

A disc of this quality simply deserves better.
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