Kori Bond

Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87

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This is not a flashy recording of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87. Though the pieces do on occasion demand the utmost technical dexterity, they are not about virtuosity except as a means to an end, the end being passionate objectivity in the face of the music's pitiless austerity. Though the preludes and fugues run the gamut from fresh-faced optimism to dark of night despair, the expression is always ruthlessly clear and direct. A pianist who uses these pieces to showboat is doomed before they touch the keyboard. But a pianist who approaches the works with clarity of thought and purity of heart triumphs from start to finish.

Such a pianist is Kori Bond. The Salt Lake City native has the technique to play Shostakovich's sometimes knotty piano writing without dropping a note, but she also plays with immense musicality. She knows not only how to bring out the best in the preludes' many moods, but how to articulate the fugues so that every voice can be heard in balance with the others. Through her lucid performances, Bond allows the listener to appreciate the genius of the composer's thought without unduly influencing the outcome. The result is a bracing two-disc set that will arrest the unwary listener's attention from the first bars of the serene C major Preludes to the final bars of the thunderous D minor Fugue. Recorded in Goranson Hall on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, the digital sound here is a bit close but very resonant.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87
1 Kori Bond 02:43 Amazon
2 Kori Bond 02:33 Amazon
3 Kori Bond 00:57 Amazon
4 Kori Bond 01:27 Amazon
5 Kori Bond 01:56 Amazon
6 Kori Bond 02:10 Amazon
7 Kori Bond 02:50 Amazon
8 Kori Bond 05:28 Amazon
9 Kori Bond 02:19 Amazon
10 Kori Bond 02:15 Amazon
11 Kori Bond 01:58 Amazon
12 Kori Bond 05:14 Amazon
13 Kori Bond 01:27 Amazon
14 Kori Bond 02:24 Amazon
15 Kori Bond 01:20 Amazon
16 Kori Bond 06:09 Amazon
17 Kori Bond 02:50 Amazon
18 Kori Bond 01:45 Amazon
19 Kori Bond 01:59 Amazon
20 Kori Bond 05:33 Amazon
21 Kori Bond 01:15 Amazon
22 Kori Bond 02:29 Amazon
23 Kori Bond 03:46 Amazon
24 Kori Bond 04:28 Amazon
25 Kori Bond 02:12 Amazon
26 Kori Bond 04:36 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Preludes & Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 87
1 Kori Bond 04:33 Amazon
2 Kori Bond 02:44
3 Kori Bond 03:19 Amazon
4 Kori Bond 02:00 Amazon
5 Kori Bond 02:40 Amazon
6 Kori Bond 07:17
7 Kori Bond 02:06 Amazon
8 Kori Bond 04:48
9 Kori Bond 02:28 Amazon
10 Kori Bond 04:01 Amazon
11 Kori Bond 02:20 Amazon
12 Kori Bond 02:37 Amazon
13 Kori Bond 03:32 Amazon
14 Kori Bond 05:07 Amazon
15 Kori Bond 01:35 Amazon
16 Kori Bond 03:22 Amazon
17 Kori Bond 02:26 Amazon
18 Kori Bond 04:25 Amazon
19 Kori Bond 02:45 Amazon
20 Kori Bond 03:50 Amazon
21 Kori Bond 03:35 Amazon
22 Kori Bond 07:36 Amazon
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