Shostakovich - 24 Preludes and Fugues | Signum SIGCD396

Shostakovich - 24 Preludes and Fugues


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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD396

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 31st March 2017



Peter Donohoe (piano)


Shostakovich, Dmitri

Preludes and Fugues (24), op.87


Peter Donohoe (piano)


Celebrated international pianist Peter Donohoe begins a new series of Shostakovich releases on Signum Classics with this new recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, op.87.

All 24 of the preludes and fugues were composed within several months of each other, after Shostakovich was inspired by the performance of Tatiana Nicolayeva, whom he heard as a jurist for the Leipzig Bach Competition in 1951. Although doubtlessly inspired by J.S. Bach’s own 48 Preludes and Fugues in his use of form and counterpoint, Shostakovich’s compositions are all deeply original and rooted in his own enigmatic and ambiguous style, moving from charming simplicity to dazzling virtuosity.

“Peter Donohoe is a pianistic superman. The British pianist chews through repertoire like most people eat handfuls of peanuts, and his technical level is truly awe-inspiring” – Pianist Magazine, October 2016 ***** (Prokofiev Sonatas, Somm)

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