Catalogue No: TOCC0034EAN/UPC: 5060113440341Release Date: 05.09.2011Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich Artists: Jakob Fichert,
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Much of Shostakovich’s orchestral music was first heard in versions he prepared for piano four hands or two pianos – but most of these transcriptions have languished unheard since those early performances. This series uncovers all the transcriptions prepared by Shostakovich himself, coupling them with all his original music for piano duo and duet. It begins with the first recording of his four-hand version of the Ninth Symphony.
Vicky Yannoula and Jakob Fichert, piano duo, piano duet
Suite for Two Pianos in F sharp minor, Op. 6 (1922)
Guy Rickards :
“Vicky Yannoula and Jakob Fichert provide sparkling interpretations throughout their hugely entertaining programme… Recommended.” —Guy Rickards, International Piano
Dan Morgan :
“The balance is very satisfying and the recording copes well with the challenging dynamics. The sound is also nicely detailed in quieter passages; that’s especially welcome at the start of the Moderato, where clarity and colour really matter. What I like most about this duo is their selfless playing, directed as it is towards purely musical ends. Pacing is ideal, rhythms are well judged and there’s plenty of feeling when required. After that the bright, energetic Presto is a short but bracing ride, and the declamatory power of those big, lingering chords in the Largo is frankly intimidating. The Allegretto certainly has all the dart and deftness one could wish for, but even more important essential shape and focus are preserved throughout; that, in turn, contributes to a compelling sense of structure and purpose. … [Suite in F sharp minor:]The Finale, with its heady mix of passion and percussive edge, confirms the young composer’s burgeoning talent, not to mention the sheer wizardry of these fine pianists. … Once again I was struck by this duo’s bold yet intuitive approach to this music. They freewheel through the Concertino’s ever-changing landscapes which, as Malcolm MacDonald points out in his liner-notes, contain pre-echoes of the Piano Concerto No. 2. … Really, this is playing of uncommon quality, superbly caught by producer-engineer Michael Ponder. … The first volume deserves to be a Recording of the Month” –Music Web International, February 2017
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