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This review is from: Shostakovich: Complete Preludes & Fugues (Alexander Melnikov) [2 CDs plus DVD] (Audio CD)
The sheer musicality, flexibility and subtlety of this performance put it right at the top of the list for recordings of Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues. Melnikov characterises each pair with enormous sensitivity and just the right expressive nuance, placing them within the whole so that you get a cumulative vision of what the composer was daring - Melnikov argues that these works are among Shostakovich's most experimental. The DVD side, in which the pianist is interviewed by another leading keyboard player, Andreas Staier, is fascinating and illuminating. Marvellous!