Shostakovich: Preludes & Piano Sonatas

 
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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Shostakovich: Preludes & Piano Sonatas
Andrey Gugnin (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 27 September 2019

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Hyperion is thrilled to welcome to the label Andrey Gugnin, winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition. With a spectacular all-Shostakovich programme built around the two piano sonatas, this is simply electrifying pianism.

"Gugnin rivets us in orchestral-sounding climaxes…and the metaphysical twilight zones in between…Gugnin finds surprising poetry in the music...[The Limpid Stream] requires only poetic sensibility, but the rest of this programme shows a ferocious new talent who can also accomplish the introspection. Masterly." BBC Music Award WINNER 2020 - Instrumental

"Gugnin possesses an extraordinarily versatile and agile technique, which serves an often inspired musical imagination…The Preludes, Op 34, are the heart of the recording. These are the pieces in which Shostakovich's pianistic imagination ranges most freely; their mercurial flights of fancy seem tailor-made to Gugnin's gifts." Gramophone

"Whether the demands are cryptic in 24 Preludes, ferocious in the First Sonata... or in the powerful and expressive Second Sonata, everything is met with unfaltering assurance, vividness and command" International Piano

Tracks:

1 Piano Sonata No 1 Op 12 [13'03]

24 Preludes Op 34 [35'41]

2 Moderato [1'50]
3 Allegretto [0'47]
4 Andante [2'07]
5 Moderato [3'02]
6 Allegro vivace [0'25]
7 Allegretto [1'17]
8 Andante [1'43]
9 Allegretto [1'00]
10 Presto [0'39]
11 Moderato non troppo [1'56]
12 Allegretto [0'48]
13 Allegro non troppo [1'13]
14 Moderato [2'13]
15 Adagio [2'34]
16 Allegretto [0'57]
17 Andantino [1'09]
18 Largo [2'47]
19 Allegretto [0'50]
20 Andantino [1'49]
21 Allegretto furioso [0'39]
22 Allegretto poco moderato [0'38]
23 Adagio [2'47]
24 Moderato [1'01]
25 Allegretto [1'30]

Piano Sonata No 2 Op 61 [28'25]
26 Allegretto [7'12]
27 Largo [7'30]
28 Moderato con moto [13'43]

29 Nocturne from The limpid stream Op 39 [2'04]