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)
SHOSTAKOVICH plays SHOSTAKOVICH
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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