Dmitri Shostakovich performs his own piano works, including Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2

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COMPOSERS: Shostakovich
LABELS: Praga Digitals
ALBUM TITLE: Shostakovich plays Shostakovich
WORKS: From Jewish Folk Poetry; Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2; Concertino for Two Pianos; Piano Quintet; Cello Sonata; Preludes and Fugues, etc
PERFORMER: Dmitri Shostakovich (piano) et al
CATALOGUE NO: PRD 250 365.66 (1940-50)

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Intense, searing  recordings by the composer himself and friends – emotionally raw, often revelatory. Frenetic moments sometimes considered ‘black humour’ actually teeter over the abyss of panic. 

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Jessica Duchen