Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87 – Vladimir Ashkenazy on AllMusic – Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 – Keith Jarrett on AllMusic – – Dmitri. One of Shostakovich’s greatest and most powerful works of the late Stalinist period is his huge cycle of twenty-four preludes and fugues for piano. He began.

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He never recorded Nos. Part of this impression may be due to the sound of his piano, which is treated preluees ECM’s usual soft-focused cloud of reverb. Je remportai le premier prix. These Preludes and Fugues are not, in that Stravinskian sense, neo-classicism.

The passacaglia motif is counterpointed by one single simple melody. This long double fugue shares a key signature and several features with the last fugue from Bach’s The Art of Fugue. InShostakovich’s “Op. Die Produktion der Wasserstoffbombe war eine Reaktion auf die Detonation der ersten russischen Atombombe im September As each was completed, he would ask Nikolayeva to come and visit him in his Moscow apartment where he would play her the latest piece.

24 Preludes and Fugues

Although out of favour with the Soviet Communist Partyhe was still sent abroad shostakkvich a cultural ambassador. This subject is then stated a fourth below in the altoas would be expected in a Baroque fugue.


Subscribe to our email newsletters. On the contrary, the four-part fugue in 5 4 is a rhythmically adventurous and complex composition that works as a culmination of the first part of the entire cycle.

The prelude starts softly and quite simply, marked by the indication semplice.

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On peut, et on doit, fugufs comparer au cycle de Bach. Shostakovich recorded 18 of the 24 pieces at five recording sessions in —, and EMI.

The subject contains 11 of the 12 semitones available. Annd Listing – Disc 2. On 10 Octobershortly after his forty-fourth birthday, Shostakovich began what became his Opus 87 originally, he designated it Opus This section needs additional citations for verification.

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The composition begins rather humbly with a quiet, conservative exposition, but it ends triumphantly with nearly every possible fugal device invertible counterpointstrettodouble stretto, diminutionaugmentationretrograde exploited in the final bars. In contrast to the characteristic harmonic complexity of the prelude, the fugue is written in the purest C major, without a single accidental. The following fugue starts with a short introduction. Indeed, the Russian composer was motivated to write this huge work after a visit to Bach ‘s home city Leipzig in ; and, in fact, it resurrects the premise behind Bach ‘s “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” providing one prelude and fugue for every major and minor key.

If you still find yourself hesitating over the set in your record shop, ask them to play the D major Fugue No. Shostakovich was a lifelong ironist, but here there is no irony. After consultation with the composer, and with his approval, Tatiana Nikolayeva makes a few minor adjustments to the printed text. But Shostakovich paid subtle homage to the earlier master: Only a long and penetrating gaze on the face of Bach and on himself, on his own masterly technique but also on his despair.


Shostakovich worked fairly quickly, taking only three days on average to write each piece. Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your shostajovich recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.

Of these three, Leipzig was undoubtedly the musical capital of the whole of Germany, the city of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Richard Wagner, the home of the Conservatory and the Gewandhaus. The artistic challenge such an undertaking posed would stretch his own compositional powers to the limit, concentrate upon timeless truths of European music, and be the catalyst by which his future could—in certain technical aspects, at the very least—greatly benefit.

He began writing it in the autumn of after a visit to Sbostakovich as a judge in 224 Bach competition held on the occasion of the two-hundredth anniversary of the death of Bach. Retrieved from ” https:

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