Friday, August 24, 2012

Shostakovich: Preludes & Fugues for piano (24), Op. 87 (complete)

“Few pianists have shown themselves to be so sensitive to music which is the response of a complex visionary to the corrosive banality of Soviet life at the time...[Melnikov] responds to all this with an impeccable all-Russian mastery and with a poetic commitment few could equal.” --Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

“In this muscular, virile account, [Nikolayeva's] fellow Russian Alexander Melnikov makes you wonder why these works are considered monotonous or didactic. In his virtuosic hands, each one glints.” --The Observer, 25th April 2010

Radio 3 CD Review
Critics' Disc of the Year - December 2010

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011
Instrumental Award Winner

“Melnikov unquestionably gives an impression of freshness and daring, as if he's discovering the music for the first time...Certainly one's bound to feel, listening to such superb playing, that this is indeed one of the greatest contrapuntal cycles since Bach. Overall, then, a magnificent achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

“Melnikov is consistently alert to (and in control of) the music's dizzying variety of idioms and tones of voice...[He] conveys the scope of the collection as a totality with such consistent penetration and invention that this expertly engineered set can be enthusiastically endorsed for anyone seeking a complete recording” --International Record Review, October 2010

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