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RUSSIAN PIANO MUSIC, VOLUME 1:
SHOSTAKOVICH AND COMRADES
MURRAY McLACHLAN

McLachlan has long had a fine reputation as a performer of Russian music, as well as championing brilliant but little-known composers such as Williamson and Chisholm (see the composer index). On this CD, he presents the Piano Sonatas nos 1 and 2 by Shostakovich with works by composers in his circle; though not Russian, the piece by Roland Stevenson is included both because it is based on Shostakovich's name, but also because Stevenson, politically, can genuinely be called a 'comrade' of those devoted to Socialism but fighting the Stalinist regime.

vol. 2 - Vladimir Rebikov  
vol. 3 - Reinhold Glière vol. 4 - Sergei Lyapunov   vol. 5 - Anton Arensky
vol. 6 - Sergei Rachmaninov   vol. 7 - Sergei Prokofiev

CD DURATION:  79:44

AUDIO SAMPLE: 3rd movement (extract) from Kabalevsky's Third Piano Sonata




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tracks:
D. KABALEVSKY:
Piano Sonata no. 3 in F major, Op. 46
D. SHOSTAKOVICH:
Piano Sonata no. 1, Op. 12
Piano Sonata no. 2 in B minor, Op. 61
N. MYASKOVSKY:
Song and Rhapsody, Op. 58
R. STEVENSON:
Recitative and Air on DSCH
R. SHCHEDRIN:
Tschastuschki: Concerto for Piano Solo
(aka 'Naughty Limericks')

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“ A bounty of piano treats… Murray McLachlan's programme offers a colourful cross-section of composition by the household names of the era. McLachlan's idiomatic connection to the works on the programme is clearly evident as he brings off each with complete authority. The disparate elements of the [first Shostakovich Sonata] gel thanks to the driving momentum and vigorous brilliance of his playing.” – Louis Blois (DSCH Journal)

“The new series of Russian Piano Music from Divine Art begins auspiciously... exceptional examples of twentieth-century works for piano. A fine reading from Murray McLachlan. McLachlan contributes some fine perspectives on twentieth century piano music from Russia... a fine introduction to the repertoire.” – Jim Zychowicz (Music Web)

“A fine demonstration of McLachlan's virtuosity and stamina. Recommended.” – Peter Grahame Woolf (Musical Pointers)

“Extremely generously-filled disc is the first of a series... judging from this initial helping, there is much that one can discover and enjoy. McLachlan plays with intensity and affirmation and his razor-sharp articulation helps to make a persuasive case for this challenging music. An auspicious start to what should be a hugely stimulating cycle, with notes and sound which are both first rate.” – Gerald Fenech (Classical Net)

“The romantic Russian music by composers not so familiar in this country is proving well worthwhile, as is this CD.” – Peter Spaul (Liverpool Daily Post)
[McLachlan] continues his musical excavations in fine style... he has Russian music as a prime love and it shows in his playing. A real find for those that want to expand horizons with a tour guide that loves his work.” – Chris Spector (MidWest Record)
“Eloquent intensity.... McLachlan's performance of [the Shostakovich 2] is very good indeed... McLachlan makes his personality felt in his firm delineation and intense lyricism” Performance êêêê Recording êêêê- Calum MacDonald (BBC Music Magazine)
“An illuminating context [for the two Shostakovich sonatas]. Murray McLachlan plays with tremendous enthusiasm and conviction... the disc offers considerable pleasures. Those who opt for this release will be amply rewarded.” – Peter J. Rabinowitz (Fanfare)