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Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) conducting his oratorio "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, in 2001. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich: 3 Fantastic Dances, 5 Preludes & Fugues – Dmitri Shostakovich (Audio video)

Shostakovich pursued a promising career as a pianist before he decided to concentrate on composing. He played Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and other great romantic composers on the concert platform, and also took part in the first Russian performance of Stravinsky's Les noces. After 1930 he played only his own works in public, and recorded a good many of them in Russia. [...]

In the Fantastic Dances Shostakovich's playing is not quite so secure, but he brings out the character of these little pieces with great vividness.

His Preludes and Fugues inhabit a much more serious world, and here one may admire the composer's absorbed, very dedicated playing. He builds and shapes each piece in masterly Fashion – the long No.24, in particular, is held together with great skill. In this item, whose recording origin is not apparently known, the sound becomes a little rusty – elsewhere the piano tone is satisfactory.

Source: Gramophone (4/1993)



Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

♪ 3 Fantastic Dances, Op.5 (1922)

i. March – Allegretto
ii. Waltz – Andantino
iii. Polka – Allegretto

♪ 5 Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 Nos. 1, 4, 5, 23, 24 (1950-1951)

Dmitri Shostakovich, piano

Recorded in 1958 (Mono)

(HD 1080p - Audio video)

First publication: August 12, 2014 – Last update: May 6, 2017

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