Gusztáv Fenyő plays the complete Preludes & Fugues of Bach and Shostakovich (5/5)
Bach (Book II): Nos. 17-24
Shostakovich: Nos. 20-24
J S Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’, a monumental collection of 48 Preludes & Fugues, is recognised as one of the supreme achievements of Western music. Rich in musical invention and expression, its influence continues to resonate widely today.
Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes & Fugues, composed some 200 years later, were modelled directly on the Bach work.
In both cycles, each pair of works consists of a sometimes contemplative, sometimes virtuosic prelude, followed by a contrasting polyphonic piece.
Gusztáv Fenyő performs these two exceptional cycles side-by-side in five recitals, each beginning with Bach and ending with Shostakovich, thus offering a unique listening experience which highlights their formal connections and opens a gateway to understanding the musical language of our own time.
One of Scotland’s leading musicians, Gusztáv Fenyő has been highly praised for his cycles of works by Beethoven, Chopin and Bartók.
‘…the kind of musical charisma that seems to sharpen the listener’s powers of concentration…’ The Herald