Peter Donohoe

24 Preludes and Fugues

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212039625
Catnr: SIGCD 396
Release date: 07 April 2017
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Signum Classics
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SIGCD 396
Release date
07 April 2017

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Celebrated international pianist Peter Donohoe begins a new series of Shostakovich releases on Signum Classics with this new recording of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87. All 24 of the preludes and fugues were composed within several months, after Shostakovich was inspired by the performance of Tatiana Nicolayeva, whom he heard as a jurist for the Leipzig Bach Competition in 1951. Although doubtlessly inspired by J.S. Bach's own 48 Preludes and Fugues in his use of form and counterpoint, Shostakovich's compositions are all deeply original and rooted in his own enigmatic and ambiguous style, moving from charming simplicity to dazzling virtuosity.
Sjostakovitsj in alle toonsoorten
De vermaarde pianist Peter Donohoe begint zijn nieuwe serie met Sjostakovitsj albums met een opname van de 24 Preludes en Fuga's, op. 87, van Dmitri Sjostakovitsj. "De aanslag van Donohoe is legendarisch. De expressie is gevarieerd en is telkenmale optimaal. De wisselende stemmingen zijn aanstekelijk en zijn technische beheersing en tempi zijn perfect. Dit is topklasse, dit is wereldniveau, dit is niet te missen!" Michel Dutrieue, Stretto, april 2017.

Sjostakovitsj was de belangrijkste Russische componist na de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Hoewel hij niet goed lag bij de Communistische partij, werd hij wel als cultureel ambassadeur van Rusland naar het buitenland gezonden. Zo was Sjostakovitsj in 1950 in Leipzig bij een festival ter gelegenheid van de tweehonderdste sterfdag van Johann Sebastian Bach. Hij zat daar in de jury van het eerste Internationale Bachconcours en mocht de eerste prijs uitreiken aan de Moskouse Tatiana Nikolayeva. Het was niet volgens de regels, maar zij had alle 48 stukken van Das wohltemperierte Klavier voorbereid. Een, van de uit twee cycli bestaande, hoofdwerken van Bach met preludes en fuga's.

Hierdoor geïnspireerd componeerde Sjostakovitsj van oktober 1950 tot februari 1951 zijn eigen cyclus van 24 preludes en fuga's. Hij deed er zo'n drie dagen over om één stuk te componeren. Telkens als hij een stuk had geschreven liet hij het Nikolayeva spelen. Hij droeg de cyclus op aan Tatiana Nikolayeva en zij speelde ook de première in 1952 in Leningrad. De preludes en fuga's volgen de traditionele vorm, waarbij ze elk in een andere toonsoort staan, mineur en majeur, en zo de volledige cirkel van toonsoorten rond spelen. Hoewel beïnvloed door Bachs Preludes en Fuga's, zijn Sjostakovitsj's composities zeer origineel. De werken zijn geworteld in zijn eigen raadselachtige en dubbelzinnige stijl, bewegend van een charmante eenvoud naar een duizelingwekkende virtuositeit.

Peter Donohoe (Manchester, 1953) studeerde aan de Chetham’s School of Music (Chets), de Leeds University, en aan het Royal Northern College of Music bij Derek Wyndham. In Parijs voltooide hij zijn studie bij Olivier Messiaen en Yvonne Loriod. Hij heeft wereldwijd een buitengewone carrière opgebouwd en heeft al meer dan 40 jaar ervaring als pianist. Zijn repertoire is extreem gevarieerd. Peter Donohoe staat bekend om zijn muzikaliteit, stilistische veelzijdigheid en indrukwekkende techniek. Hij is eredoctor in de muziek van zeven Britse universiteiten en werd geridderd vanwege zijn verdiensten voor de klassieke muziek.

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Peter Donohoe was born in Manchester in 1953. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music for seven years, graduated in music at Leeds University, and went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and then in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.

Donohoe has appeared with Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Concert Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonia, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has undertaken a UK tour with the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as giving concerts in many South American and European countries, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, and the USA. Other engagements include performances of all three MacMillian piano concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a series of concerts for the Ravel and Rachmaninov Festival at Bridgewater Hall, and numerous performances with The Orchestra of the Swan. Donohoe is also in high demand as a jury member for international competitions. He has served on the juries at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow (2011 and 2015), Busoni International Competition in Bolzano, Italy (2012), the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (2016), Georges Enescu Competition in Bucharest (2016), Hong Kong International Piano Competition (2016), and Ricardo Viñes International Competition in Lleida, Spain, along with many national competitions both within the UK and abroad.

Recent discs include a disc of Scriabin Piano Sonatas (SOMM Records) which was described as ‘magnificent’ by the Sunday Times; a recording of Witold Maliszewski’s Piano Concerto in B-flat minor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates (Dutton Vocalion); and three discs of Prokofiev piano sonatas for SOMM Records, the third of which was released at the end of April 2016. The first Prokofiev disc was described by Gramophone as ‘devastatingly effective’, declaring Donohoe to be ‘in his element’, and a review in Classical Notes identified Donohoe’s ‘remarkably sensitive approach to even the most virtuosic of repertoire’. His second Prokofiev disc was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine, and the third disc was highly praised by The Times, Birmingham Post, and Jessica Duchen. Other recordings include Cyril Scott’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Martin Yates (Dutton Vocalion), and Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy on a Theme of John Field with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Martin Yates (also Dutton), for which BBC Music Magazine described him as an ‘excellent soloist’, and Gramophone stated that it ‘compelled from start to finish’.

Donohoe has performed with all the major London orchestras, as well as orchestras from across the world: the Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. He has also played with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Sir Simon Rattle’s opening concerts as Music Director. He made his twenty-second appearance at the BBC Proms in 2012 and has appeared at many other festivals including six consecutive visits to the Edinburgh Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron in France, and at the Ruhr and Schleswig Holstein Festivals in Germany. In the United States, his appearances have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Peter Donohoe also performs numerous recitals internationally and continues working with his long standing duo partner Martin Roscoe, as well as more recent collaborations with artists such as Raphael Wallfisch, Elizabeth Watts and Noriko Ogawa.

Donohoe has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors: Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Jarvi, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Andrew Davis and Yevgeny Svetlanov. More recently he has appeared as soloist with the next generation of excellent conductors: Gustavo Dudamel, Robin Ticciati and Daniel Harding. Peter Donohoe is an honorary doctor of music at seven UK universities, and was awarded a CBE for services to classical music in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

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Diapason, 05-12-2017

This is top class, this is a global level, this is not to be missed!
Stretto, 02-4-2017

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Disc #1
01.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 1 in C Major, Moderato
03:10
02.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 1 in C Major, Moderato
04:07
03.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 2 in A Minor, Allegro
00:55
04.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 2 in A Minor, Allegretto
01:24
05.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 3 in G Major, Moderato non troppo
01:48
06.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 3 in G Major, Allegro molto
01:48
07.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Andante
02:54
08.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 4 in E Minor, Adagio
05:16
09.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 5 in D Major, Allegretto
02:02
10.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 5 in D Major, Allegretto
01:56
11.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 6 in B Minor, Allegretto
01:48
12.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 6 in B Minor, Allegro poco moderato
04:02
13.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 7 in A Major, Allegro poco moderato
01:12
14.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 7 in A Major, Allegretto
02:38
15.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, Allegretto
01:03
16.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, Andante
05:45
17.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 9 in E Major, Moderato non troppo
03:09
18.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 9 in E Major, Allegro
01:37
19.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor, Allegro
02:02
20.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor, Moderato
04:37
21.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 11 in B Major, Allegro
01:13
22.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 11 in B Major, Allegro
02:04
23.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor, Andante
04:44
24.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor, Allegro
03:25
25.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, Moderato con moto
02:10
26.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, Adagio
05:16

Disc #2
01.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 14 in E-Flat Minor, Adagio
04:17
02.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 14 in E-Flat Minor, Allegro non troppo
02:46
03.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat Major, Moderato non troppo
02:55
04.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 15 in D-Flat Major, Allegretto
01:50
05.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 16 in B-Flat Minor, Allegro molto
02:35
06.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 16 in B-Flat Major, Andante
05:53
07.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major, Allegretto
01:53
08.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, Allegretto
03:24
09.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 18 in F Minor, Moderato
02:17
10.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 18 in F Minor, Moderato con moto
03:31
11.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 19 in E-Flat Major, Allegretto
01:52
12.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 19 in E-Flat Major, Moderato con moto
02:52
13.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 20 in C Minor, Adagio
04:23
14.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 20 in C Minor, Moderato
05:27
15.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major, Allegro
01:11
16.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, Allegro non troppo
02:41
17.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 22 in G Minor, Moderato non troppo
02:07
18.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 22 in G Minor, Moderato
03:34
19.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 23 in F Major, Adagio
04:08
20.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 23 in F Major, Moderato con moto
03:31
21.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Prelude No. 24 in D Minor, Andante
04:21
22.
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 24 in D Minor, Moderato
08:30
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