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Complete Preludes - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes, Op. 34; Five Preludes; Szymanowski: Nine Preludes Op. 1 / Alexandra Dariescu, piano

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  1. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Five Preludes for Piano: I. Allegro moderato e’scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Five Preludes for Piano: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Five Preludes for Piano: III. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Five Preludes for Piano: IV. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Five Preludes for Piano: V. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: I. Andante ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: II. Andante con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: III. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: IV. Andantino con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: V. Allegro molto – impetuoso $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: VI. Lento – Mesto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: VII. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: VIII. Andante ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — Nine Preludes for Piano, Op. 1: IX. Lento – Mesto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: II. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: IV. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: V. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: VI. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: VII. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: VIII. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: IX. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: X. Moderato non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XI. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XII. Allegro non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XIII. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XIV. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XV. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XVI. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XVII. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XVIII. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XIX. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XX. Allegretto furioso $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XXI. Allegretto poco moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XXII. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XXIII. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Shostakovich & Szymanowski — 24 Preludes, Op. 34: XXIV. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes (5) for piano (taken from Op. 2 for inclusion in collaborative work of 24 preludes with Cle
>Szymanowski, Karol : Prelude, op.1 no 7
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 34
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Notes & Reviews:

Volume II of Alexandra Dariescu's series of complete piano preludes presents the music of Shostakovich and Szymanowski. Her initial release of music by Chopin and Dutilleux was highly praised by critics: "Dariescu is a deeply impressive exponent of both composers' work, bringing to every piece the lucidity and sensitivity it commands" Sunday Times. "Each is a perfect gem, which Dariescu opens up, layer by layer, like a Russian doll" Norman Lebrecht", sinfini.com. Alexandra writes: "Shostakovich's Preludes are a mirror of sarcasm, they are depictive, full of irony, in many ways like circus music combined with romantic sentimentality while Szymanowski paints images of the soul; his music is storytelling, as if an old man talks about his life, with regret, caressing every sound and every feeling." She also says "As for the CD cover, I had this firm image of Shostakovich in his younger days playing the piano in the cinema for a silent film which was so popular in the 1930s when he wrote his Op. 34." Shostakovich came to adulthood in an age of catastrophic instability and in 1919, when the thirteen-year-old enrolled at the Petrograd Conservatory he walked miles each day to attend. During this time he began a cycle of preludes in collaboration with two college friends, Pavel Feldt and Georgi Klements. 18 were completed and in the mid 1960s he returned to the manuscript and selected the five of his eight for publication as a group in the official collected edition of his works. His other cycle, Op. 34, was begun in December 1932 and written swiftly, with the first complete performance given in Moscow in May 1933. Szymanowski's Nine Preludes Op. 1 reflect the young composer's considerable knowledge of Chopin and of German Romantic repertoire with two of the preludes written at the young age of fourteen. The collection as a whole can be seen as a bridge between Chopin's great achievement and the artistic aspirations of young Polish composers at the turn of the twentieth century.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (12/15/2014-12/17/2014).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes (5) for piano (taken from Op. 2 for inclusion in collaborative work of 24 preludes with Cle
  • Performer: Alexandra Dariescu (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (12/15/2014-12/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1921

>Szymanowski, Karol : Prelude, op.1 no 7
  • Performer: Alexandra Dariescu (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (12/15/2014-12/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 34
  • Performer: Alexandra Dariescu (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (12/15/2014-12/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933