Notes & Reviews:
Of special interest is Boris Tishchenko performing his Sonata No. 2, Op. 17, taken from a recording made in 1963.
American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Boris Tishchenko (1939-2010) is a new name to me. Tishchenko was a very fine pianist and his music reflects that, especially the two big piano sonatas. We are fortunate to hear the composer's own performance of Sonata 2, written when he was 20 years old and recorded in 1963 when he was 24. It won the Glinka State Prize and brought Tishchenko to the attention of Shostakovich. The recording was done in concert. One of the most convincing, exciting performances I have heard. This is a perfect example of why we should listen to older recordings. All the rest of the works are very capably played by Mazitova, recorded in 2005, 2008, and 2012. We can expect several more volumes in this series, and she seems perfectly suited to the music, both technically and interpretively. The sound is good. This composer may be the most interesting of the lesser-known Soviet composers that I have run into; he is certainly worth a listen if you like the piano music of Prokofieff and Shostakovich. I look forward to the next volume in this series.
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