Vladimir Viardo plays Shostakovich 24 Preludes,Op.34

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Vladimir Viardo plays Shostakovich 24 Preludes,Op.34

Post by Rach3 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:26 am

I love this set, used to play at a couple myself. Viardo is magnificent here.This set not often heard I think, as over - shadowed by the composer's Op.87 P&F. 30 minutes :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5QnZEQ6tcs

Viardo was a 1973 (?) Cliburn Competition winner, who then ran afoul of the Kremlin who revoked his travel visa as Kremlin reportedly considered him a flight risk , visa not reinstated until 1988.

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Re: Vladimir Viardo plays Shostakovich 24 Preludes,Op.34

Post by Belle » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:47 pm

Absolutely charming music; thank you for posting this.

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Re: Vladimir Viardo plays Shostakovich 24 Preludes,Op.34

Post by Lance » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:01 pm

Indeed, Vladimir Viardo is quite the pianist. I had an opportunity to prepare his Steinway for a live performance of the Rach 3 some years ago. A very nice gentleman as well, who loved to smoke! He put the piano through its paces, and played an encore afterwards. The Shostakovich Preludes, Op. 34 was issued on CD [Elektra-Nonesuch 79234] coupled with the Shostakovich Sonata No. 2.
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Re: Vladimir Viardo plays Shostakovich 24 Preludes,Op.34

Post by maestrob » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:34 am

Rach3: Thanks for posting Viardo, whom I hadn't heard of. Stunning playing that I enjoyed very much. The disc Lance mentions is still available on amazon for about $4.

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