After attending a concert of the Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva performing Bach’s Wohltemperierte Klavier, Shostakovich decided to write a series of 24 preludes and fugues. It is remarkable that, even in a rigid form such as the fugue, the composer shows his own unmistakable style: captivating, melancholy, at times funny and light, but always with a dramatic undertone.
Preludes and Fugues opus 87, no.: 1 – 9, 12, 15 – 17, 19
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Prelude No. 1 in C-Major
Fugue No.16 in B flat minor