Shostakovich: Violin Sonata, 24 Preludes (CD)

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Sergei Dogadin, Nikolai Tokarev

Dmitry Shostakovich’s succinctly composed and highly distinctive 24 Preludes have proved their popularity in numerous arrangements, but when the composer heard these transcriptions by Smitry Tsyganov he declared that ‘I forgot they were originally written for piano, so naturally did they sound.’ The set was completed in 2000 by the Russian-born composer and pianist Lera Auerbach. These often whimsical and ironic Preludes contrast greatly with the chilling and profound Violin Sonata, a late work that concludes with Shostakovich’s last ever use of passacaglia form.

Violin Sonata, Op. 134
I. Andante
II. Allegretto
III. Largo - Andante

Preludes for piano (24), Op. 34 (complete)

Sergei Dogadin (violin), Nikolai Tokarev (piano)