Well, Regis have impressed me again with this very low priced set with Shostakovich's 24 preludes and fugues, ranging from the damn right preposterously difficult prelude 15 to the more relaxed first. I think the success of this recording, of Tatiana's performance, lies in the fact that she befriended Shostakovich, our hero, in 1950 after hearing her play some wonderful Bach in Leipzig. Shostakovich, so wowed by her performance wrote these pieces for her, which shows with the precise sticking to the score with her inimate knowledge of how the preludes stick together to the fugues, she pulls this off wonderfully. It's amazing to think that she died playing this in 1993 at a public performance, something to ever immortalise Nikolayeva with these pieces.
I have absolutely no problem with the set whatsoever, the provided notes make a good five minute's reading about background and a brief synopsis of each track. The sound quality is perfect on each disc.
All in all this is money well spent and is a perfect addition to any music lover's collection, did I mention that this is the best recording of the preludes and fugues about?