Calefax plays Shostakovich
Sound bites:Prelude no. 4, andante
Prelude no. 15, allegretto
A series of miniatures, each exhibiting the master's signature. After attending a concert of the Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva performing Bach's Wohltemperierte Klavier, Shostakovich decided to write a series of 24 preludes and fugues. It is remarkable that, even in a rigid form such as the fugue, the composer shows his own unmistakable style: captivating, melancholy, at times funny and light, but always with a dramatic undertone.
The new arrangement is from the hand of Eduard Wesly, made possible by the Philip Morris Prize awarded to Calefax in 1997.
Inner emotion and beauty
(from: Luister, 01/2004)
If one knows the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich from the frostily precise, and still so very beautifully urgent interpretation of pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva, one will be pleasantly surprised when hearing the interpretation of reed quintet Calefax. Unlike the pianist, to whom the composer (...more)
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P & F no.: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 19, 12