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Tatiana Nikolayeva talks about Shostakovich

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The Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva (1924-1993) was close to the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich and recorded his complete Preludes and Fugues opus 87 in homage to Johann Sebastian Bach – which was dedicated to her – four times: in 1962, 1987, 1990 and in 1992 as a filmed performance.

“Aside from the Shostakovich, though, Tatiana Nikolayeva will be remembered as a Bach player who flung stylistic considerations to the winds and played the music with an irrepressible musical intelligence and knowledge of the resources of her chosen instrument” James Methuen Campbell