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PRELUDES AND FUGUES
NATALIA ANDREEVA

After the highly praised recording of music by Ustvolskaya (dda 25130), Natalia Andreeva presents a brief survey of the Prelude and Fugue - one of the most prevalent of keyboard forms over the centuries. From Bach to Shostakovich, this concert-format album is a useful introduction to the genre, and also a fine interpretation for the experts to enjoy. Two of Rachmaninoff's Etude-tableaux are included as 'bonus encores'.

Companion album: 'Piano Sonatas' from Beethoven, Scriabin and Prokofiev dda 25140


CD DURATION:  57:25

AUDIO SAMPLE:
Bach/Liszt: Prelude and Fugue in D minor - Fugue (beginning)



dealer release date: January 20, 2017
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CD program:
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849
Franz Liszt:
Bach - Organ Prelude and Fugue in A minor
César Franck:
Prélude, choral et fugue
Dmitri Shostakovich:
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op. 87 No. 20
Sergei Rachmaninoff:
Etude-tableau in G minor, Op. 33 No. 7
Etude-tableau in C sharp minor, Op. 33 No. 8

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“BWV 849 is surely one of Bach's most beautiful creations. I enjoyed Natalia Andreeva's performance of this splendid work. My touchstone for the Well-Tempered Clavier is Andreas Schiff, however I was moved and impressed by the present recording of this boundless work. The Prelude, Choral and Fugue is stunningly played by the soloist here. The informative liner notes, complete with musical examples, were written by Natalia Andreeva. The recording of all the music is ideal. It is always clear, vibrant, powerful and alive. I enjoyed all the music on this CD: the playing is always definitive.” – John France (MusicWeb)

“Absolutely superb collection of piano pieces. The order of the tracks is effective; the CD leaves the Shostakovich until last, its harsher (but still beautiful) sound a contrast to the more soulful Bach. Wikipedia reports that the first edition of the Goldberg Variations had a title plate that included the phrase: “Composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits,” and that's true for this CD.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“This Russian pianist has given considerable thought to her program and liner notes, and lays out a wonderful rationale for the enjoyment of a series of preludes and fugues that includes some form of shared material. Altogether a very worthwhile artistic and intellectual exercise.” - Alex Baran (The Whole Note)

“Natalia Andreeva, the Russian pianist who gave us a beautiful volume of Ustvolskaya's complete piano works comes through with an album of Preludes & Fugues where the emphasis is on a kind of meditative, poetic cast, grandly unfolding without hurry, studied but extraordinarily direct. It is an album to hear repeatedly, each time you uncover more detail and subtlety. It is a marvel of poetic interpretation. And a very coherent selection of gems as well. Hurrah for Natalia Andreeva! Highly recommended. ” - Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music)

“Natalia Andreeva shows inspiration and spontaneity in the works of Franck, Liszt and Shostakovich.” – Guy Engels (Pizzicato)

"Andreeva's textbook playing marks her compendium of preludes from different com­posers. Her sound is spacious and atmospheric, which does work well for these works, especially the Franck.” - San Woo Kang (American Record Guide)   *note: the reviewer has a very different view from all the rest who find the recording full of freshness and spontaneity....