Andrey Gugnin

Shostakovich: 24 Preludes Op. 34; Piano Sonatas Nos 1 & 2

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The most significant of Dmitry Shostakovich's solo piano works are presented on Andrey Gugnin's 2019 release from Hyperion, reflecting three stages of his development from student composer to mature master. The Piano Sonata No. 1 was originally subtitled "October Symphony," and was intended as a tribute to the October revolution of 1917, though the overt association was dropped when Shostakovich dubbed his Symphony No. 2 in B flat major "To October." Composed in 1926, this wild and impulsive sonata is from Shostakovich's most experimental period, and demonstrates the young composer's eagerness to join the avant-garde. Similarly inventive, though more concentrated on a tonal scheme based on the circle of fifths, were the 24 Preludes and Fugues (1932-33), which reveal a greater contrapuntal discipline and control of materials. Between this set and the Sonata No. 2 in B minor of 1943, Shostakovich had been chastised by the Soviet authorities in 1936 for his opera, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, and he turned to a more accessible and melodic style that may have kept him alive. This sonata, and the "Nocturne" excerpted from the ballet, The Limpid Stream, are perhaps the most conventional sounding pieces here and less stylistically identifiable, but Gugnin's thoughtful performances bring the program together, not as a full portrait of Shostakovich the composer, but as a consideration of his adaptability to the changing times and his genius in many forms and styles.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 13:03 Amazon
24 Preludes Op. 34
2 01:50 Amazon
3 00:47 Amazon
4 02:07 Amazon
5 03:02 Amazon
6 00:25 Amazon
7 01:17 Amazon
8 01:43 Amazon
9 01:00 Amazon
10 00:39 Amazon
11 01:56 Amazon
12 00:48 Amazon
13 01:13 Amazon
14 02:13 Amazon
15 02:34 Amazon
16 00:57 Amazon
17 01:09 Amazon
18 02:47 Amazon
19 00:50 Amazon
20 01:49 Amazon
21 00:39 Amazon
22 00:38 Amazon
23 02:47 Amazon
24 01:01 Amazon
25 01:30 Amazon
Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 61
26 07:11 Amazon
27 07:30 Amazon
28 13:43 Amazon
The limpid stream, Op. 39
29 02:04 Amazon
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