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Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 / Pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva / plus documentary [DVD]

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87
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Notes & Reviews:

Shostakovich's cycle of 24 Preludes and Fugues always held a special place in Tatiana Nikolayeva's vast repertoire. She inspired and premiered the work in Leningrad in 1952 and it was also the piece she performed when she died in concert in San Francisco in 1993. The lifelong friendship between the composer and the performer started when the 26-year-old Nikolayeva won first prize at the 1950 Bach Piano competition organized in Leipzig for the bicentennial of the German composer's death. As a member of the jury, Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) was immensely impressed by her playing and inspired by the experience, he returned to Moscow to compose his own set of Preludes and Fugues in 1950/51. This DVD features a broadcast recording from December 1992 of the complete cycle and also adds more of Dmitri Shostakovich's music played by Tatiana Nikolayeva in a documentary bonus film.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 164 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround,
Country of Origin: Russia


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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87
  • Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951