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  • Audio CD (Aug. 29 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000FG4KBE
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Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
3. Prelude
4. Fugue
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Disc: 2
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
3. Prelude
4. Fugue
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Disc: 3
1. I. Allegretto
2. II. Largo
3. III. Moderato Con Moto
4. I. Allegretto
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Allegro - Lilya Zilberstein
2. Meno Mosso - Lilya Zilberstein
3. Adagio - Lilya Zilberstein
4. Allegro - Poco Meno Messo - Lilya Zilberstein
See all 34 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. I. Allegro Non Troppo
2. II. Allegro
3. III. Largo
4. IV. Adagio
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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Shostakovich: Piano Music, Chamber Works

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c995920) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3a30cc) out of 5 stars A Valuable Box Set at an Attractive Price Feb. 27 2013
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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This set of Shostakovich piano and chamber music contains the admirable performance of the titanic Op. 87 Preludes and Fugues by Vladimir Ashkenazy, recorded in 1999, which if bought alone (it's still available) would cost about as much as this whole set. Whatever the price, Ashkenazy's Op. 87 is a marvelous performance -- clean, relaxed, incisive, musical. I would set it beside some other wonderful recordings already available: Nikolayevna, Melnikov, Jalbert, Jenny Lin and the incomplete Sviatoslav Richter. Considering that Ashkenazy made this recording after he'd already been more or less retired from the keyboard, pursuing his conducting career, it is a marvel.

Other highlights on the set are the Second Piano Sonata and the Piano Quintet (the latter with the Fitzwilliam Quartet) played by Ashkenazy. The magnificent Op. 67 Piano Trio is present in the never-bested recording by the Beaux Arts Trio, recorded in 1974 but but not sounding any the less for wear. And of course the rarely heard Cello Sonata with Lynn Harrell and Ashkenazy. Lilya Silberstein plays a very nice First Piano Sonata.

The only less than wonderful performance in the set is of the set of Op. 31 Preludes by Olli Mustonen. It rarely rises above tepid, in my opinion, although I gather there are others who admire it. As the Preludes occupy much of CD #4, I've given the set four rather than five stars.

This excellent set is worth having, especially at this price.

Scott Morrison
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb082e8) out of 5 stars Wonderful compositions May 26 2013
By Thomas A. Overstreet - Published on Amazon.com
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For me after Shostakovich's Symphonies it is his piano pieces that grab me the most. While I have gotten around to grabbing either of the "Complete Piano Works" sets yet I found this collection to be a wonderful starting place. the sound quality is very clear and realistic, not lush. I would recommend this as a second Shostakovich purchase right after a nice collection of his Symphonies, very rewarding.

Tom Overstreet
By Sophia Clio - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent performance, mostly by Ashkenazy.
14 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c1873a8) out of 5 stars Great Set All Around Oct. 20 2010
By J. A. Van Sant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am no musicologist, but I know I love this set. The preludes performed by Ashkenazy are 10/10 on Classics Today. The music is so beautiful, yet structured and coordinated (like you'd expect of a set in each major and minor key). The quality of the chamber pieces is top, top-flight.
If you like or love the SQ, this is the next artistic stepping stone.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c22a8c4) out of 5 stars item as described; fast service Jan. 24 2013
By Bob D. Litterell - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is beautifully performed and it is so wonderful to have this very rare music available on CD now.