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Shostakovich: Music for Piano / Melvin Chen

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Dances of the Dolls (7), suite for piano (arr. from the ballet suites for orchestra)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Aphorisms (10), for piano, Op. 13
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 12
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for piano no 2 in B minor, Op. 61
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Notes & Reviews:

"This is a brilliant recital, one that reveals just about every facet of Shostakovich's musical personality in terms of his writing for piano. Chen keeps the music interesting, particularly in the long variation finale, which has plenty of contrast and seems perfectly paced. This is music that, given time and a fine performance like this one, will grow on you. So if you like Shostakovich but have not yet warmed to his piano music, try this superbly played and recorded CD. I suspect it will win you over." -Classics Today (10/10)



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Dances of the Dolls (7), suite for piano (arr. from the ballet suites for orchestra)
  • Performer: Melvin Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theatre, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (06/21/2006-06/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Aphorisms (10), for piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Melvin Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theatre, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (06/21/2006-06/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 12
  • Performer: Melvin Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theatre, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (06/21/2006-06/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for piano no 2 in B minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Melvin Chen (Piano)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theatre, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (06/21/2006-06/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942