Natalia Andreeva plays Preludes & Fugues


Catalogue No: DDA 25139
EAN/UPC: 809730513923
Release Date: January 2017
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 57:25

After the highly praised recording of music by Ustvolskaya (DDA 25130), Natalia Andreeva presents a brief survey of the Prelude and Fugue – one of the most prevalent of keyboard forms over the centuries. From Bach to Shostakovich, this concert-format album is a useful introduction to the genre, and also a fine interpretation for the experts to enjoy. Two of Rachmaninoff’s Etude-tableaux are included as ‘bonus encores’.

Companion album: ‘Piano Sonatas’ from Beethoven, Scriabin and Prokofiev (DDA 25140).

Natalia Andreeva is a Russian pianist who is currently Lecturer in Piano at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her 2015 recording of the music of Galina Ustvolskaya was very well received, and like that album, this new recording of better-known classical and Romantic works is the result of many years of study, developing her own mental picture of these masterpieces and of what the composers were trying to communicate.

There are various links between the works – in fact Liszt, Franck and Shostakovich were all influenced by Bach generally, as well as composing in the Prelude and Fugue form that he made a staple of the keyboard repertoire.

Track Listing

    Johann Sebastin Bach:

  1. I. Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849 − I. Prelude (2:56)
  2. II. Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849 − II. Fugue (4:33)
  3. Franz LIszt:

  4. I. Organ Prelude and Fugue in A minor, S. 462 No. 1, after J S Bach − I. Prelude (3:42)
  5. II. Organ Prelude and Fugue in A minor, S. 462 No. 1, after J S Bach − II. Fugue (6:57)
  6. César Franck:

  7. I. Prélude, Choral et Fugue − I. Prelude (5:35)
  8. II. Prélude, Choral et Fugue − II. Choral (7:18)
  9. III. Prélude, Choral et Fugue − III. Fugue (8:39)
  10. Dmitri Shostakovich:

  11. I. Prelude and Fugue in C minor − I. Prelude (4:50)
  12. II. Prelude and Fugue in C minor − II. Fugue (6:02)
  13. Sergei Rachmaninoff:

  14. Etude-tableau in G minor, Op. 33 No. 7 (3:41)
  15. Etude-tableau in C sharp minor, Op. 33 No. 8 (3:10)



Natalia Andreeva is a thoughtful pianist who has already impressed the present writer several years ago. The recording is generally good but can feel soft-edged at times. The playing needs no such qualifying. Natalia Andreeva is a highly talented, intelligent pianist who here offers a most reward¬ing program in superbly musical interpretations given with a rock-solid technique. This is music to get one’s teeth into, superbly presented.

” —Colin Clarke

Natalia Andreeva shows inspiration and spontaneity in the works of Franck, Liszt and Shostakovich.

” —Guy Engels
American Record Guide

Andreeva’s textbook playing marks her com¬pendium of preludes from different com¬posers. Her sound is spacious and atmospheric, which does work well for these works, espe¬cially the Franck.

” —San Woo Kang
The Whole Note

This Russian pianist has given considerable thought to her program and liner notes, and lays out a wonderful rationale for the enjoyment of a series of preludes and fugues that includes some form of shared material. Altogether a very worthwhile artistic and intellectual exercise.

” —Alex Baran
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music

Natalia Andreeva, the Russian pianist who gave us a beautiful volume of Ustvolskaya’s complete piano works comes through with an album of Preludes & Fugues where the emphasis is on a kind of meditative, poetic cast, grandly unfolding without hurry, studied but extraordinarily direct. It is an album to hear repeatedly, each time you uncover more detail and subtlety. It is a marvel of poetic interpretation. And a very coherent selection of gems as well. Hurrah for Natalia Andreeva! Highly recommended.

” —Grego Edwards
The Chronicle

“Absolutely superb collection of piano pieces. The order of the tracks is effective; the CD leaves the Shostakovich until last, its harsher (but still beautiful) sound a contrast to the more soulful Bach. Wikipedia reports that the first edition of the Goldberg Variations had a title plate that included the phrase: “Composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits,” and that’s true for this CD.”

” —Jeremy Condliffe

“BWV 849 is surely one of Bach’s most beautiful creations. I enjoyed Natalia Andreeva’s performance of this splendid work. My touchstone for the Well-Tempered Clavier is Andreas Schiff, however I was moved and impressed by the present recording of this boundless work. The Prelude, Choral and Fugue is stunningly played by the soloist here. The informative liner notes, complete with musical examples, were written by Natalia Andreeva. The recording of all the music is ideal. It is always clear, vibrant, powerful and alive. I enjoyed all the music on this CD: the playing is always definitive.”

” —John France