Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2: II. Andante

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Dmitri Shostakovich was a Soviet Russian composer, piano virtuoso, and an important figure in 20th century music.  Shostakovich was known for writing some very dark dissonant music which reflected his feelings towards Joseph Stalin and the Soviet regime.

Here is a recording of the 2nd movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no 2 played by Dmitri Shostakovich jr. (the composer’s grandson) and I Musici de Montreal.  The performance is directed by Maxim Shostakovich, the composer’s son.  Dmitri Shostakovich wrote the concerto as a birthday present to his son.

This music is very beautiful and has an ethereal quality to it.  Enjoy!

 

Shostakovich – Three pieces for two violins and piano op.97

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Soviet Russian composer, piano virtuoso, and an important figure in 20th Century music.

The Three pieces for two violins and piano, op 97 by Shostakovich come from his ‘Gadfly’ suite.  This music is beautiful and light-hearted (a complete contrast to much of his music which is dark and very dissonant).

Shostakovich was known for writing some very dark dissonant music.  His dark dissonant music reflects his feelings towards Joseph Stalin and the Soviet regime.

Here is a a recording of the three pieces for two violins and piano, op 97 from the ‘Gadfly’ suite by Shostakovich.  It is performed by Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman (two famous Israeli-American violinists), and Samuel Sanders (an American Pianist and professor at the Juilliard School of Music in New York).  Enjoy!

Dmitri Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in f sharp minor

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) was a Soviet Russian composer, pianist, and one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century.  A lot of his music is dissonant, melancholy, and has elements of the grotesque about it.  A lot of the grotesqueness in Shostakovich’s music is put in there on purpose to get back at Stalin and the communists which made Shostakovich’s life and millions of other people’s lives hell.

Despite all of the hardship that the composer experienced, he did compose some very beautiful music.  The Prelude and Fugue in f sharp minor is quite beautiful.

Here is a recording of the Prelude and Fugue in f sharp minor by Dmitri Shostakovich. It is played by Tatiana Nikolayeva.

Here is a link to the website http://www.amazon.com where you can buy a recording of the complete preludes and fugues by Shostakovich played by Tatiana Nikoloyeva.

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