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Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No. 1 / 24 Preludes, Op. 34
 
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Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No. 1 / 24 Preludes, Op. 34

1 Sept. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Sept. 2007
  • Release Date: 1 Sept. 2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:05:45
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  • ASIN: B006HG6JII
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,972 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
After listening to this dazzling and astoundingly sensitive performance of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes by Scherbakov, another CD of the same work played by Artur Pizarro made quickly its way to a secondhand shop. Scherbakov possesses huge dynamic range and artistic acumen of Russian masters like Richter, Gilels and Sofronitsky. Devastatingly powerful performance of neglected masterpiece, Shostakovich's 1st sonata (which matches Prokofiev's War Sonatas in originality and disturbing dissonances), and the very unique and highly provocative miniture work, Aphorisms Op.13 make for truly gripping listening experiences. A must-buy for any piano-files!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Konstantin Scherbakov seems to be becoming one of Naxos's house pianists, along with Idil Biret and Jeno Jando. Each of them is a superb artist, although each has had some weaker moments on disc. I was less than pleased with Scherbakov's performance of the Godowsky 'Passacaglia' (although, admittedly, that was on Naxos's sister label, Marco Polo). But he has given us wonderful Schubert/Liszt transcriptions, Liszt transcriptions of Beethoven symphonies and, more important for readers of this review, the large group of Shostakovich 'Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87.'

The 'Preludes, Op. 34' are not to be confused with the much larger and more serious 'Preludes and Fugues.' They are altogether more light-hearted, in general, and briefer. And of course they don't have attached fugues. The 24 preludes are written, like Chopin's, in all the major and minor keys and follow the same succession of keys as Chopin's. I only know one other recording of this group--that by Olli Mustonen, coupled interestingly with similarly arranged preludes by Charles-Henri-Valentin Alkan--and side by side comparison gives the nod to Scherbakov.

'Aphorisms, Op. 13' is a group of ten brief pieces written in 1927. They have intentionally ironic or inapt titles; e.g., the 'Nocturne' is more brash and sardonic than nocturnal. 'Nocturne' also makes use of a theme later quite often used by Shostakovich, the notes DSCH (German notation; in our notation those notes are D Eb C B). None of the Aphorisms lasts much longer than a minute.

'Three Fantastic Dances, Op. 5,' the earliest set here, was written when Shostakovich was only sixteen and are not much heard these days, although I recall hearing them in recital back in the 1950s.
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