24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 Dmitri Shostakovich

  • 24 Preludes & Fugues - ShostakovichJenny Lin, piano

    Release date: March 12, 2009

    Available at:
    Haenssler Classic

  • “…a new CD recording…from pianist Jenny Lin, whose approach topples the hegemony of Nikolayeva’s recordings… Lin has no compunctions about drawing the modernism, quirkiness, individuality and pianistic color in these works – and nevertheless projects each prelude-and-fugue pairing as a satisfying whole…This daring rethinking of this major piano cycle is easily one of the ten best new recordings of the year. Shostakovich fans and pianophiles should not hesitate to buy this recording.”
    – Gene Gaudette

    “…Ms. Lin is perfectly situated to understand the Russian pianistic idiom that Shostakovich transfigured with his genius… (her) virtuosity… is fully up to the fearsome challenges set by Shostakovich. There have been other outstanding recent CDs of the 24 Preludes and Fugues, …yet none captures the dizzying diversity, the range of experience from the moribund to the ecstatic, as does the remarkably fluid and theatrically imaginative Ms. Lin. Even though Shostakovich did not intend his 24 Preludes and Fugues to be heard complete, they are such a delight as presented by Ms. Lin that the listener would be at a loss to do without any one of these miniature masterpieces. …stunning renditions…”
    – Benjamin Ivry, The Wall Street Journal

    “…Even regarding solely her technique, Jenny Lin does not need to fear her competitors. Neither Ashkenazy, Sherbakov or Mustonen nor the elder ones; not even the composer himself. Precision, energy and intensity of her playing are constantly outstanding.”
    – Ingo Harden, fonuforum.de

    “… hands down the finest version of this massive work yet recorded–a brilliant, moody, energetic, edgy, and technically stunning exploration of Shostakovich’s compositional genius.”
    – David Hurwitz, classicstoday.com