Shostakovich Op.34 Preludes for piano

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Shostakovich Op.34 Preludes for piano

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:01 am

Available at BBCR3 again , and well worth hearing :

Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes, Op.34, from 1933, well- played by Igor Levit .I have always felt these under-appreciated, try to play some of them myself. Nos. 3,4,15,17,18,20,22 real gems, but all worth hearing.

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Re: Shostakovich Op.34 Preludes for piano

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:23 am

Shostakovich, as sophisticated a composer as ever lived, was obviously inspired by Chopin's preludes in composing this set. He himself must have known that they are dated in terms of style. You have attempted a few? Now try the Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 which make modernism a worthy pursuit. I own them (the sheet music I mean), but have been defeated by them in the attempt.

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Re: Shostakovich Op.34 Preludes for piano

Post by maestrob » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:24 pm


Most of the Op. 34 Preludes were arranged for violin and piano during his lifetime, with Shostakovich's approval. There is also a recording with Shostakovich playing the piano part, although I couldn't find it.

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