I can't claim to be anything other than a music aficionada, certainly not a great pianist myself, but I enjoyed hearing various pieces of Shostakovich on Classic FM, bought myself a copy of this CD, lent it to my mother, and have since had to buy three more copies for other relatives, and they have all enjoyed it immensely. (One relative IS a good pianist, so she has more insight than I do!) I had thought Shostakovich inaccessible, but was wrong. There is humour here, as well as artistry. Try it, and enjoy.