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#369292 09/04/06 02:28 PM
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Apart from Bach and Shostakovitch, is there anyone else wrote a whole set of 24 prelude and fugues ?

Also for the Shostakovitch fugues, which recordings do you recommend ?
I have one by Keith Jarrett that I like a lot, his playing is very soft and flowy, but I was curious, are there any other good ones ?

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Apart from Bach and Shostakovitch, is there anyone else wrote a whole set of 24 prelude and fugues ?

Kapustin and Shchedrin, both quite recent too.

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There is a modern American composer who has written 24 preludes and fugues. Henry Martin, I think.

Didn't Kapustin just write 24 preludes?

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Didn't Kapustin just write 24 preludes?
That's my impression also.

As to the recording of Shosti's 24 I'll recommend Ashkenazy and Nicolayeva in addition to K. Jerret.

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Didn't Kapustin just write 24 preludes?
That's my impression also.
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He wrote a set of 24 Preludes, and also a set of 24 Preludes and Fugues (op. 82).

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I forget how many are in the Hindemith set... maybe.


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Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis only has one prelude, and a postlude[1]. The bits in between the twelve fugues he entitled 'interludes'.

-Michael B.
[1] Which I always thought should be called the 'edulerp', as it is in fact the prelude played backwards.


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Thanks. It has been a long time since I ran into that one in an analysis class...


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It was coincidental that you mentioned it, as I was only playing through bits of it over the weekend. The Prelude and Postlude are the best bits IMO smile . I have the Mauser and Mustonen recordings, and to be honest, it's not my favourite Hindemith work, though they are some nice moments here and there. That said, I have a lot of time for the 2nd Piano Sonata, (and the Flute Sonata as well), which have all elements of typical Hindemith lyricism, humour and pathos, but perhaps in slightly more digestible forms.

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Originally posted by reonat:
Also for the Shostakovitch fugues, which recordings do you recommend ?
I have one by Keith Jarrett that I like a lot, his playing is very soft and flowy, but I was curious, are there any other good ones ?
I like Tatiana Nikolayeva's version very much.

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Thanks all for your suggestions !
I'll investigate further in those names you gave.

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[b] Also for the Shostakovitch fugues, which recordings do you recommend ?
I have one by Keith Jarrett that I like a lot, his playing is very soft and flowy, but I was curious, are there any other good ones ?
I like Tatiana Nikolayeva's version very much. [/b]
Scherbakov is pretty good.


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I quite like Ashkenazy in the Shostakovich. I know the pieces were dedicated to Nikolaeva, but to my ears she can be ponderous. Not heard Scherbakov - it often gets a good mention and I should check it out!

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It will take some digging, perhaps. Shosti recorded the 24 himself in the early '60s.

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It was coincidental that you mentioned it, as I was only playing through bits of it over the weekend. The Prelude and Postlude are the best bits IMO smile . I have the Mauser and Mustonen recordings, and to be honest, it's not my favourite Hindemith work, though they are some nice moments here and there. That said, I have a lot of time for the 2nd Piano Sonata, (and the Flute Sonata as well), which have all elements of typical Hindemith lyricism, humour and pathos, but perhaps in slightly more digestible forms.

-Michael B.
Those sonatas are nice, also the often-badly-performed trumpet sonata is quite good. My favorite work has to be (unfortunately not for piano) "Mathis der Maler" by far...


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Those sonatas are nice, also the often-badly-performed trumpet sonata is quite good. My favorite work has to be (unfortunately not for piano) "Mathis der Maler" by far...
What about Symphonic metamorphosis? Fabulous music, and comes with the added bonus of being based on piano pieces by Weber so a link to pianos!

There's also a nice piano suite by Hindemith which I think is called Tanzestucke (Dance pieces).


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Symphonic Metamorphosis and Mathis der Maler are both incredible works by Hindemith, and the trumpet sonata rocks.


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