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In Reply to: RE: Some decent piano playing... posted by Ivan303 on June 21, 2017 at 20:41:10
Is her playing merely decent on this album (per your subject line), or is there anything else of interest? Are some pieces played better than others?
But I find her playing to be quite 'listenable'.
Sadly, the recording quality on some of the stuff is spotty and not up to 'audiophile' standards.
Really like her playing on the Rach. 2, but that might just be me.
Also found the three 'Concert Etudes' of her own composition interesting as I have not heard them before.
You'll likely appreciate the '24 Preludes and Fugues' by Shostakovich.
Sadly, only three of the 24 appear on the release. :-(
I like her rendition of this.
She recorded several sets of Preludes but this 1987 recording sounds excellent.
Recently I've heard Trifonov play the piece and prefer hers to his which started to sound a bit monotonous after a while.
I have Nikolayeva's 1962 Moscow recording of the complete Op. 87 on three Eurodisc LPs. The album claims the recordings were done under the supervision of the composer. The pianist re-recorded the set several times, including once for Hyperion. I don't know which recording was used for the CD issue in the photo.
The 1962 recording generally has very good sound, but there are some short patches of pitch instability on the LPs, which are probably on the master tape. The playing is very technically fluent. Some pieces are played very fast. Each prelude and fugue is fully characterized to emphasize their individuality. The performance never gets boring. I much prefer this first recording over the pianist later recordings.
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