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Shostakovich: 24 Preludes And Fugues Op 87 / Ashkenazy


Release Date: 06/15/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466066   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Vladimir Ashkenazy may be in his early 60s, but if these Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues are any indication, his mind and fingers have been dipping in the fountain of youth. The faster Preludes are dispatched with assurance and pinpoint accuracy regarding phrase shape and balance, surpassing even Nikolaeva's idiomatic readings. In turn, the more introspective fugues move at a pace that proves more judicious and convincingly sustained compared with Richter's freeze-frame severity. Although the recording took place in several venues over a two and a half year period, there's a remarkable constancy of sound, dramatic flow, and continuity that makes it tempting to take in all 24 preludes and fugues en
Read more masse. Ashkenazy doesn't recommend that you do so, but his heartfelt playing deserves undivided attention. Beyond question, this is Ashkenazy's finest piano recording in years.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-51 
Length: 141 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: 1996 - 1998 

Sound Samples

Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.1 in C major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.1 in C major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.2 in A minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.2 in A minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.3 in G major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.3 in G major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.4 in E minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.4 in E minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.5 in D major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.5 in D major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.6 in B minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.6 in B minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.7 in A major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.7 in A major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.8 in F sharp minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.8 in F sharp minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.9 in E major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.9 in E major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.10 in C sharp minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.10 in C sharp minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.11 in B major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.11 in B major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.12 in G sharp minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.12 in G sharp minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.13 in F sharp major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.13 in F sharp major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.14 in E flat minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.14 in E flat minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.15 in D flat major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.15 in D flat major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.16 in B flat minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.16 in B flat minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.17 in A flat major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.17 in A flat major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.18 in F minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.18 in F minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.19 in E flat major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.19 in E flat major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.20 in C minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.20 in C minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.21 in B flat major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.21 in B flat major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.22 in G minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.22 in G minor: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.23 in F major: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.23 in F major: Fugue
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.24 in D minor: Prelude
Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87: Prelude & Fugue No.24 in D minor: Fugue

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