Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues
If you wanted to hear the latest symphony of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Brahms, either you took t Since his emergence at the International Sibelius Competition, Leonidas Kavakos has always been among the most promising violinists of his generation, capable of greatness his Sibelius, most str Not an "ordinary" one, but the resting place of many of "the most beloved and respect For the most part he favors lean textures and Blind since birth, the year-old Russian pianist Oleg Akkuratov has garnered a multi-faceted reputation for keyboard prowess in both jazz and classical circles.
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Insider Login Top. Surely the Bach Preludes shouldn't prick like a thousand needles; the fugues can't possibly survive the savage dynamic range unleashed on them here by Mustonen, yet they do, and your appreciation of the music is enhanced in the process.
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This form of musical extremism would suit Shostakovichs Preludes and Fugues rather better, you murmur, his 20th century commentary on Bach's genius yet here Mustonen's delicacy, the feather-light touch, the luminous beauty of the tone are all utterly ravishing, and Shostakovich's quirkiness is respected rather than exaggerated. It's as though years of musical history is rendered meaningless; while you listen it becomes harder to hear where Bach ends and Shostakovich begins, and less important to separate them.
I suspect that anyone who bought Volume 1 of this project made for RCA in will add the second volume from Ondine without hesitation. Anyone new to this mixture of Mustonen, Bach and Shostakovich may well recoil from it, repelled by what they hear.
Nonetheless I recommend it without hesitation or reservation, and it should be approached with enthusiasm and anticipation, like all the best journeys and adventures bearing in mind that it's better to travel hopefully than to arrive. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.
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