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Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues

Peter Donohoe

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24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87  
1
Prelude No. 1 in C Major "Moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
3:10
2
Fugue No. 1 in C Major "Moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
4:07
3
Prelude No. 2 in A Minor "Allegro"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
0:55
4
Fugue No. 2 in A Minor "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:24
5
Prelude No. 3 in G Major "Moderato non troppo"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:48
6
Fugue No. 3 in G Major "Allegro molto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:48
7
Prelude No. 4 in E Minor "Andante"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:54
8
Fugue No. 4 in E Minor "Adagio"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
5:16
9
Prelude No. 5 in D Major "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:02
10
Fugue No. 5 in D Major "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:57
11
Prelude No. 6 in B Minor "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:48
12
Fugue No. 6 in B Minor "Allegro poco moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
4:02
13
Prelude No. 7 in A Major "Allegro poco moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:12
14
Fugue No. 7 in A Major "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:38
15
Prelude No. 8 in F Sharp Minor "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:03
16
Fugue No. 8 in F Sharp Minor "Andante"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
5:45
17
Prelude No. 9 in E Major "Moderato non troppo"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
3:09
18
Fugue No. 9 in E Major "Allegro"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:37
19
Prelude No. 10 in C Sharp Minor "Allegro"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:02
20
Fugue No. 10 in C Sharp Minor "Moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
4:38
21
Prelude No. 11 in B Major "Allegro"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:13
22
Fugue No. 11 in B Major "Allegro"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:04
23
Prelude No. 12 in G Sharp Minor "Andante"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
4:44
24
Fugue No. 12 in G Sharp Minor "Allegro"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
3:25
25
Prelude No. 13 in F Sharp Major "Moderato con moto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:10
26
Fugue No. 13 in F Sharp Major "Adagio"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
5:16
1
Prelude No. 14 in E Flat Minor "Adagio"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
4:17
2
Fugue No. 14 in E Flat Minor "Allegro non troppo"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:46
3
Prelude No. 15 in D Flat Major "Moderato non troppo"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:55
4
Fugue No. 15 in D Flat Major "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:50
5
Prelude No. 16 in B Flat Minor "Allegro molto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:35
6
Fugue No. 16 in B Flat Major "Andante"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
5:53
7
Prelude No. 17 in A Flat Major "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:53
8
Fugue No. 17 in A Flat Major "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
3:24
9
Prelude No. 18 in F Minor "Moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:17
10
Fugue No. 18 in F Minor "Moderato con moto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
3:31
11
Prelude No. 19 in E Flat Major "Allegretto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:52
12
Fugue No. 19 in E Flat Major "Moderato con moto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:52
13
Prelude No. 20 in C Minor "Adagio"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
4:23
14
Fugue No. 20 in C Minor "Moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
5:27
15
Prelude No. 21 in B Flat Major "Allegro"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
1:11
16
Fugue No. 21 in B Flat Major "Allegro non troppo"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:41
17
Prelude No. 22 in G Minor "Moderato non troppo"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
2:07
18
Fugue No. 22 in G Minor "Moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
3:34
19
Prelude No. 23 in F Major "Adagio"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
4:08
20
Fugue No. 23 in F Major "Moderato con moto"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
3:31
21
Prelude No. 24 in D Minor "Andante"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
4:22
22
Fugue No. 24 in D Minor "Moderato"
Dmitri Shostakovich; Peter Donohoe
8:31
Total Playing Time    2:28:07
"Four Stars ... Donohoe treats these piano miniatures with utmost sincerity. His new recording of the complete set isn’t introspective or showy; it isn’t overly reverent or sensationalist. Above all his playing is frank, sometimes to the point of plainness ... there is immense dignity and power in Donohoe’s directness ..."
- The Guardian

Celebrated international pianist Peter Donohoe begins a series dedicated to Shostakovich with this rendition of the 24 Preludes and Fugues, composed within several months after a performance by Tatiana Nicolayeva, whom Shostakovich heard as a jurist for the Leipzig Bach Competition in 1951. Although doubtlessly also 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.
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