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Shostakovich and Comrades, Vol. 1

Audio Samples

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F major, Op. 46
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Prelude and rondo-sonata for piano in B flat major ("Song and Rhapsody"), Op. 58
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 12
>Stevenson, Ronald : Recitative and Air for piano
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for piano no 2 in B minor, Op. 61
>Shchedrin, Rodion : Concerto for Orchestra no 1 ("Naughty Limericks")

Album Summary

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F major, Op. 46
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Prelude and rondo-sonata for piano in B flat major ("Song and Rhapsody"), Op. 58
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 12
>Stevenson, Ronald : Recitative and Air for piano
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for piano no 2 in B minor, Op. 61
>Shchedrin, Rodion : Concerto for Orchestra no 1 ("Naughty Limericks")
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is the first volume in the noted pianist Murray McLachlan's series devoted to music by Russian composers. His prolific discography has received long-standing international recognition and includes more than 30 commercial recordings, including the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Prokofiev and many rarities.

This new series of Russian piano music from Divine Art's American branch will feature pianists from many countries; first off is Scotsman Murray McLachlan, renowned soloist, with 20th century music from Shostakovich (the Piano Sonatas nos 1 and 2), and pieces by his friends and mentors Kabalevsky, Myaskovsky, Shchedrin, and Ronald Stevenson, English but whose work here is inspired by Shostakovich. The next four volumes will be by Anthony Goldstone, another British virtuoso, with music by Rebikov (vol. 2 January), Glière (volume 3 February), Lyapunov (volume 4 March) and Arensky (volume 5 April). Much of this music which is all of the most brilliant nature is very rare and little heard

"The plan, program, conception, and execution of this album, Shostakovich and his Comrades, played with extravagant magnificence by pianist Murray McLachlan, are brilliant. Only listeners who are turned off to hardcore Socialist Realism expressed through super-virtuoso, ultra-violent piano music are likely to dislike itMcLachlan never lets up and never lets go until the works are thoroughly drained. The sound here is a bit dry and a tad recessed, but fans of this repertoire will likely love this disc." - All Music Guide



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Works Details

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F major, Op. 46
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1946.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Prelude and rondo-sonata for piano in B flat major ("Song and Rhapsody"), Op. 58
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 12
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Stevenson, Ronald : Recitative and Air for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for piano no 2 in B minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1942.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Shchedrin, Rodion : Concerto for Orchestra no 1 ("Naughty Limericks")
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1963