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Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues Box set

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  • Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva
  • Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZO8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude No. 1 in C major - D. Shostakovich
  2. Fugue No. 1 in C major - D. Shostakovich
  3. Prelude No. 2 in a Minor - D. Shostakovich
  4. Fugue No. 2 in A Minor - D. Shostakovich
  5. Prelude No. 3 in G Major - D. Shostakovich
  6. Fugue No. 3 in G Major - D. Shostakovich
  7. Prelude No. 4 in E Minor - D. Shostakovich
  8. Fugue No. 4 in E Minor - D. Shostakovich
  9. Prelude No. 5 in D Major - D. Shostakovich
  10. Fugue No. 5 In D Major - D. Shostakovich
  11. Prelude No. 6 in B Minor - D. Shostakovich
  12. Fugue No. 6 in B Minor - D. Shostakovich
  13. Prelude No. 7 in a Major - D. Shostakovich
  14. Fugue No. 7 in A Major - D. Shostakovich
  15. Prelude No. 8 in F Sharp Minor - D. Shostakovich
  16. Fugue No. 8 in F Sharp Minor - D. Shostakovich
  17. Prelude No. 9 in E Major - D. Shostakovich
  18. Fugue No. 9 in E major - D. Shostakovich
  19. Prelude No. 10 in C Sharp Minor - D. Shostakovich
  20. Fugue No. 10 in C Sharp Minor - D. Shostakovich

Disc: 2

  1. Prelude And Fugue No 11 B Major: Prelude: Allegro (2,2; 80 Bars) - Dmitri Shostakovich
  2. Fugue No. 11 in B Major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  3. Prelude And Fugue No 12 In G Sharp Minor: Prelude: Andante (3,4; 119 Bars) - Dmitri Shostakovich
  4. Fugue No. 12 in G Sharp Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  5. Prelude And Fugue No 13 In F Sharp Major: Prelude: Moderato con moto (6,8; 55 Bars) - Dmitri Shostakovich
  6. Prelude And Fugue No 13 In F Sharp Major: Fugue (5 Voices): Adagio (2,4; 164 Bars) - Dmitri Shostakovich
  7. Prelude No. 14 in E Flat Mnior - Dmitri Shostakovich
  8. Fugue No. 14 in E Flat Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  9. Prelude No. 15 in D Flat Major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  10. Fugue No. 15 in D Flat Major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  11. Prelude No. 16 in B Flat Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  12. Fugue No. 16 in B Flat Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  13. Prelude And Fugue No 17 In A Flat Major: Prelude: Allegretto (2,2; 86 Bars) - Dmitri Shostakovich
  14. Prelude And Fugue No 17 In A Flat Major: Fugue (4 Voices): Allegretto (5,4; 80 Bars) - Dmitri Shostakovich

Disc: 3

  1. Prelude No. 18 in F Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  2. Fugue No. 18 in F Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  3. Prelude No. 19 in E Flat Major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  4. Fugue No. 19 in E Flat Major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  5. Prelude No. 20 in C Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  6. Fugue No. 20 in C Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  7. Prelude No. 21 in B Flat Major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  8. Fugue No. 21 in B flat major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  9. Prelude No. 22 in G Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  10. Fugue No. 22 in G Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  11. Prelude No. 23 in F Major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  12. Fugue No. 23 in F Major - Dmitri Shostakovich
  13. Prelude No. 24 in D Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
  14. Fugue No. 24 in D Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich

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Product Description

24 Préludes & fugues pour piano seul, op.87 / Tatiana Nikolaieva, piano

Review

CLASSIC CD TOP 100 CDs OF ALL TIME 'Performances which are at once gripping through their pianistic brilliancs and illuminating through their unflinching perception. Amazing' (Classic CD) 'The recording is clear and atmospheric, and the playing has power, grandeur, character, intellectual clarity and unforced intensity' GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER --Gramophone

'The record that has given me greater pleasure than any other this year' --The Sunday Times

'This magnificent set courageously undertaken by Hyperion, a timely document of an interpretation fashioned from Nikolayeva's collaboration with the composer at the time of composition' --BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide

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Most devotees of classical music will certainly be aware of the concept of the Prelude and Fugue thanks to that first master of the tone and semitone, Johann Sebastian Bach.
Inspired by Bach, Shostakovich created a 3-hour masterpiece, where the preludes and fugues often complement, often contradict but always enamour. It was dedicated to the pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva, who gave it's first performance, and it is a later recording of hers that is presented here.
Nikolaeva couples the humanity and authority of the pieces effortlessly, and she stands out as the foremost interpreter of this work.
Heartily recommended to any with a love for the piano and its possibilities.
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A friend mentioned the highly quality of this music and the performance. In some ways this is a fitting tribute to Bach's 48 preludes and fugues. I was impressed by the clarity of the recording and the sensitive performance of Nikolayeva, who first came into contact with the composer in the 50's. This is music well worth hearing time and again.
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Unfortunately there's no widely available recording of the Preludes and Fugues with Nikolayeva at the height of her powers (there's a notoriously hard to find recording from the 60s in really poor sound, but that's another story...), so we have to make do with this 1990 cycle and the Regis one from 1987. They're pretty similar, apart from the acoustics - quite murky here, very dry on Regis. Neither is ideal, and nor is Nikolayeva's playing: her technique is past its best, and that shows in some of the faster numbers. This set is even sloppier than the 1987 one, which is why I'd recommend that one over this. Other pieces are so slow they almost grind to a halt. Yet there's no denying the authority of her playing and the cumulative impact of the cycle.

In an ideal world, there would be a complete recording by Sviatoslav Richter, or a Nikolayeva from the 60s and 70s in good sound. As it is, the most consistently satisfying recordings are by Konstantin Scherbakov on Naxos and Ashkenazy.
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