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Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2021, 08:01:04 AM »
I have that in the Decca Shostakovich Chamber Music box.  I should give it a listen at last. Come to poke around, I've also got Margarete Babinsky, so I could do a comparison.

Karl can you say if this was supposed to come with a booklet? I found a really cheap copy, mostly interested in hearing Ashkenazy's Op. 87 but there was no booklet.

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Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2021, 08:02:10 AM »
Mustonen makes them into a hotchpotch, a rag bag of  unconnected pieces of music, Elisso makes them flow and cohere. I wondered why Elisso is one track, now I know: it’s part of her conception. Mustonen’s touch is more brittle.

I did end up ordering the CD after a second listen. They're interesting for sure, I thought they might have been slightly too eccentric on first listen.

Edit: I can't say I'll be too fond of it being a single track. It's possible to index them while keeping it gapless.
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Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2021, 05:35:19 AM »
    I did end up ordering the CD after a second listen. They're interesting for sure, I thought they might have been slightly too eccentric on first listen.

    Edit: I can't say I'll be too fond of it being a single track. It's possible to index them while keeping it gapless.

    My advantage, or disadvantage, is that I don't know enough about Shostakovich to know what's eccentric and what isn't!
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    Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
    « Reply #23 on: July 18, 2021, 07:36:57 AM »
    Karl can you say if this was supposed to come with a booklet? I found a really cheap copy, mostly interested in hearing Ashkenazy's Op. 87 but there was no booklet.


    Mine came with no booklet.
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    Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
    « Reply #24 on: July 18, 2021, 07:41:12 AM »
    I did end up ordering the CD after a second listen. They're interesting for sure, I thought they might have been slightly too eccentric on first listen.

    Edit: I can't say I'll be too fond of it being a single track. It's possible to index them while keeping it gapless.

    Shostakovich wrote the Opus 34 in 1932 & 33, a nervy, uncertain time for Soviet artists. Brittle is arguably a valid tack. Approaching the Opus 34 through the lens of the Opus 87, arguably anachronistic.  Of course the musical result of the performance will put the case.
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    Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
    « Reply #25 on: July 27, 2021, 11:01:55 AM »
    Karl can you say if this was supposed to come with a booklet? I found a really cheap copy, mostly interested in hearing Ashkenazy's Op. 87 but there was no booklet.

    Decca put a booklet in all of their Shostakovich reissue box sets. I think there were like three boxes in total? I can’t remember, but, yes, there are booklets in all of these sets.
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    Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
    « Reply #26 on: July 29, 2021, 12:57:01 PM »
    Decca put a booklet in all of their Shostakovich reissue box sets. I think there were like three boxes in total? I can’t remember, but, yes, there are booklets in all of these sets.

    Mine came with no booklet.

    Thanks guys, turns out my question was moot; the seller slapped a shipping label on the box itself with some sort of permanent glue and the postal service pretty much destroyed it.

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    Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
    « Reply #27 on: July 30, 2021, 01:21:29 AM »
    Mine came with no booklet.
    That's the 5 CD Decca set, right? A booklet in mine.

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    Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
    « Reply #28 on: September 06, 2021, 04:53:26 AM »
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    Re: Shostakovich op 34 preludes
    « Reply #29 on: September 07, 2021, 06:16:17 AM »


    Very good, thanks for mentioning. Very well recorded too, and he can do timbre, which is nice when it’s caught so beautifully. I kept thinking it would be nice to hear him do Schumann, it’s as if he brings out the contrasting Florestan and Eusebius in these preludes.

    Why can’t all piano recordings sound as good as this?!
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