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Shostakovich: Preludes & Fugues

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  1. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.1 in C major. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.1 in C major. Moderato (4-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.2 in A minor. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.2 in A minor. Allegretto (3-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.3 in G major. Moderato non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.3 in G major. Allegro molto (3-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.4 in E minor. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.4 in E minor. Adagio (4-voice double fugue) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.5 in D major. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
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  11. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.6 in B minor. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.6 in B minor. Moderato (4-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.7 in A major. Allegro poco moderato $0.99 on iTunes
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  15. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.8 in F sharp minor. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
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  17. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.9 in E major. Moderato non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
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  19. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.10 in C sharp minor. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
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  23. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.12 in G sharp minor. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
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  27. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.14 in E flat minor. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.14 in E flat minor. Allegro non troppo (3-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.15 in D flat major. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.15 in D flat major. Allegro molto (4-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.16 in B flat minor. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
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  34. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.17 in A flat major. Allegretto (4-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.18 in F minor. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.18 in F minor. Moderato con moto (4-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.19 in E flat major. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.19 in E flat major. Moderato con moto (3-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.20 in C minor. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.20 in C minor. Moderato (4-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.21 in B flat major. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.21 in B flat major. Allegro non troppo (3-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.22 in G minor. Moderato non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.22 in G minor. Moderato (4-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.23 in F major. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.23 in F major. Moderato con moto (3-voice) $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Prelude no.24 in D minor. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, op.87, Fugue no.24 in D minor. Moderato (4-voice double fugue) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 1950, Shostakovich went t o Leipzig to attend the Bicentennial Bach competition. His admiration for Tatiana Nikolaeva's performance of the Well-Tempered Clavier served as an impetus to write his own set of Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues, loosely modeled on Bach's. Over the years, Nikolaeva, who performed the composition frequently throughout her career, became practically synonymous with the work. Alexander Melnikov started from scratch and came up with his own, unique and eminently musical interpretation. The third disc in the set is a DualDisc with a DVD side featuring a short film by Christian Leble about the Preludes & Fugues that includes interviews with Alexander Melnikov and Andreas Staier.

"Melnikov unquestionably gives an impression of freshness and daring, as if he's discovering the music for the first time... Certainly one's bound to feel, listening to such superb playing, that this is indeed one of the greatest contrapuntal cycles since Bach. Overall, then, a magnificent achievement." BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

"Few pianists have shown themselves to be so sensitive to music which is the response of a complex visionary to the corrosive banality of Soviet life at the time... [Melnikov] responds to all this with an impeccable all-Russian mastery and with a poetic commitment few could equal." Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

"This young Russian pianist approaches Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues with such freshness that you'd think he'd never heard the 'definitive' Tatyana Nikolayeva versions. Alexander Melnikov neither follows tradition nor strives to be different for its own sake. And in his hands the cycle builds magnificently to the monumental final fugue. At times the playing has grand orchestral richness and power; at others the intimacy and feeling for keyboard colour take us somewhere much more private. The recording captures this range and scale superbly." -BBC Music Awards nominee, 2011

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (2008-05-??&2008-12-??&2009-).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87
  • Performer: Alexander Melnikov (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (2008-05-??&2008-12-??&2009-)
  • Running Time: 141 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951