The third and final segment of the Bach-Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues pairing. Shostakovich wrote his set of Preludes and Fugues (op. 87) two centuries after Bach penned his influential Well-Tempered Clavier.
Preludes and Fugues by Bach and Shostakovich played alongside each other. Shostakovich was inspired to write his collection of 24 Preludes and Fugues after hearing pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva playing Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at Leipzig's 1950 Bicentennial Bach competition.
In the first part of the show, we finished Sviatoslav Richter's 1976 recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, which we had started a few weeks ago. The show concluded with another legendary Russian interpreter of Bach, Mstislav Rostropovich, playing the C minor Suite for unaccompanied cello.