Dmitri Shostakovich - 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op.87 (2009)
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Classical/20th Century| Label: hänssler CLASSIC | Cat.: 98530 | RS/MU
Dmitri Shostakovich remains the most admired of all Soviet composers, and while he is best known for his more popular symphonic works, he composed a substantial body of music for the piano, including the 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op.87. Modeled on the form used in Bach's Das Wohltempierte Clavier and written in two books of twelve preludes and fugues each, the work was slammed by Soviet music bureaucrats as "formalist" music that aped the works of a religious composer; the work was nevertheless published and premiered by Tatiana Nikolayeva, to whom the work is dedicated. It can be said, with advised caution, that Jenny Lin's approach topples the hegemony of Nikolayeva's recordings. Lin has no compunctions about drawing the modernism, quirkiness, individuality and pianistic color in these works – and nevertheless projects each prelude-and-fugue pairing as a satisfying whole.