Where should I start with Shostakovich?


  • The 5th is the standard introduction to Shostakovich.
  • The 9th is small, but has all the hallmarks of true Shostakovich. It’s how I got started.
  • The 7th is populist (rat-tat-tat-tat-tat), but its slow movement is sublime.

The 24 Preludes and Fugues have something for everybody.

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