Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues

Dmitri Shostakovich

24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87
Konstantin Scherbakov, Piano
Naxos 8.554745-46






CD 1: Preludes and Fugues op. 87, Nos. 1-12

CD 2: Preludes and Fugues op. 87, Nos. 13-24


"On Naxos, the younger Russian ex-patriot Konstantin Scherbakov represents a fabulous bargain - at a fraction of the cost of any other. He displays wonderfully nimble, energetic finger work and scores over Ashkenzy in the meditative, slow fugues." David Fanning, Gramophone


"The Opus 87, regarded as the most successful piece of its kind after Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, is in excellent hands." Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen


"Throughout, Konstantin Scherbakov colours the many voices with great delicacy and ably demonstrates his finely-honed articulation and superb sense of phrasing." Christopher Bowen, Scotland on Sunday


"Displaying a natural feel for the melodic line, Scherbakov phrases the music as effortlessly as he surmounts the technical challenges in Shostakovich's music. He draws a full, clear sound from his piano and summons power when needed¡Kthis performance provides a fine introduction to a masterful score at a budget price." Robert Baxter,


"Konstantin Scherbakov's 24 Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues leapfrog to the head of a small yet distinguished class on disc, whose valedictorians include Tatiana Nikolaeva and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Time and again I am struck by expressive and textural novelties that inevitably result from Scherbakov's fastidious adherence to Shostakovich's markings. His interpretations are thought out, deeply pondered, prepared to the nth degree, and played with a perfect fusion of technique and soul. Even listeners who consider these works arid and somewhat pedantic will change their minds after hearing Scherbakov. A triumph." Jed Distler, Classics Today


"Scherbakov's delicate pure-tone performance on this double CD harks back to a Gould-like mould, but benefits wonderfully from the warmth afforded by a slightly more lenient approach to pedal usage." Rob Cowen,The Independent


"Scherbakov setzt nun in diesem Kontrastprogramm ganz auf eine kontrolliert gestaltete Durchhörbarkeit...Es ist die nötige Balance zwischen klangsensualistischer Vertiefung und dramatischer Zuspitzung, mit der Scherbakov den Eigenwert dieses eigenwilligen Musikweltbildes rehabilitiert." Süddeutsche Zeitung


"Scherbakov's excellent 1999 Naxos set... His is a very pianistic approach to the music, nimble, deft..." The Independent


" diesem speziellen Fall haben wir es mit einer definitiven, für die nächste Jahre oder Jahrzehnte wegweisenden, die Konkurrenz fruchtbar irritierenden Modellinterpretation zu tun." Peter Cossé, Klassik heute