Moscow Conservatory Malyi Hall, Moscow
Dmitri Shostakovich & Lev Oborin, piano /
1.Prelude in F sharp minor 2.Fantastic Dance in A minor 3.Nocturne in D major 4.Finale in F sharp minor
Dedicated to the memory of the composer’s father, who had died suddenly in early 1922 when the composer was still only 16 years old, this suite shows the young composer for the first time trying to engage with a more serious tone of voice. Starting in 1925, Shostakovich himself took part in several performances of this piece and it was the student work by which he began to make an impression on his teachers and mentors in Leningrad and Moscow, and show himself as a talent to be reckoned with.
Note by Gerard McBurney