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Shostakovich: 24 Preludes And Fugues Op 87 / Scherbakov


Release Date: 02/20/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554745-46   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Konstantin Scherbakov's 24 Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues leapfrog to the head of a small yet distinguished class on disc, whose valedictorians include Tatiana Nikolaeva and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Time and again I am struck by expressive and textural novelties that inevitably result from Scherbakov's fastidious adherence to Shostakovich's markings. The pianist connects the A minor Prelude's scurrying 16th-notes with a seamless legato that still manages to allow each one to speak softly. He treats the D major Prelude's right-hand arpeggiated chords in a slightly detached manner in order to offset the left hand's cello-like legato line. In the F-sharp minor Fugue Scherbakov takes special care to
Read more differentiate the levels of soft dynamics. He maintains Fugue No. 15's marcatissimo directive with unyielding vehemence, while effortlessly clarifying the difficult-to-disentangle voices.


Those familiar with Nikolaeva's freer treatment of the 16th fugue's elaborate subject will be surprised at the profile and contrast it acquires when played in strict time, as Scherbakov does. As a result, the uneven duplets truly stand out from the even ones. On the other hand, the 14th Prelude's tremolos sometimes threaten to cover the melodic material. Here both Nikolaeva and the composer relegate these tremolos to a spooky background murmur, and make more of the motto theme's tenutos. And Scherbakov sometimes plays down Shostakovich's edgy humor. Yet these quibbles are about aesthetic choices, not interpretive faults, and really don't matter in the larger context of Scherbakov's achievement. His interpretations are thought out, deeply pondered, prepared to the nth degree, and played with a perfect fusion of technique and soul. Even listeners who consider these works arid and somewhat pedantic will change their minds after hearing Scherbakov. A triumph.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-51 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, UK 
Length: 141 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 1 in C major: Moderato
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 1 in C major: Moderato
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 2 in A minor: Allegro
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 2 in A minor: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 3 in G major: Moderato non troppo
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 3 in G major: Allegro molto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 4 in E minor: Andante
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 4 in E minor: Adagio
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 5 in D major: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 5 in D major: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 6 in B minor: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 6 in B minor: Allegro poco moderato
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 7 in A major: Allegro poco moderato
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 7 in A major: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 8 in F sharp minor: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 8 in F sharp minor: Andante
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 9 in E major: Moderato non troppo
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 9 in E major: Allegro
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 10 in C sharp minor: Allegro
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 10 in C sharp minor: Moderato
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 11 in B major: Allegro
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 11 in B major: Allegro
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 12 in G sharp minor: Andante
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 12 in G sharp minor: Allegro
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major: Moderato con moto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 13 in F sharp major: Adagio
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 14 in E flat minor: Adagio
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 14 in E flat minor: Allegro non troppo
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 15 in D flat major: Moderato non troppo
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 15 in D flat major: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 16 in B flat minor: Allegro molto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 16 in B flat major: Andante
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 17 in A flat major: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 17 in A flat major: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 18 in F minor: Moderato
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 18 in F minor: Moderato con moto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 19 in E flat major: Allegretto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 19 in E flat major: Moderato con moto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 20 in C minor: Adagio
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 20 in C minor: Moderato
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 21 in B flat major: Allegro
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 21 in B flat major: Allegro non troppo
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 22 in G minor: Moderato non troppo
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 22 in G minor: Moderato
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 23 in F major: Adagio
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 23 in F major: Moderato con moto
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 24 in D minor: Andante
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 24 in D minor: Moderato

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