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Shostakovich and Panufnik: Music for Piano

Piano Music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Andrzej Panufnik

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2007


Raymond Clarke



Kings Hall, University of Newcastle upon Tyne


Douglas Doherty

Record Label
Divine Art




Total Time - 76:30
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Shostakovich and Panufnik: Music for Piano

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Preludes, op. 2

1 I No. 5 in A minor 1:04
2 II No. 2 in G major - Andante 1:53
3 III No. 3 in E minr 0:59
4 IV No. 7 in D flat major 1:20
5 V No. 6 in F minor 1:42

Three Fantastic Dances, op. 5

6 I No. 1 in C major 1:27
7 II No. 2 inG major 1:57
8 III No. 3 in C major 1:01

Ten Aphorisms, op. 13

9 I 1. Recitative 0:50
10 II 2. Serenade 1:05
11 III 3. Nocturne 1:39
12 IV 4. Elegy 1:00
13 V 5. Funeral March 1:06
14 VI 6. Study 0:44
15 VII 7. Dance of Death 1:00
16 VIII 8. Canon 1:02
17 IX 9. Legend 1:54
18 X 10. Lullaby 2:38



Twelve Miniature Studies

19 I No. 1 in C sharp minor 1:01
  World premiere recording  
20 II No. 2 in F sharp minor 3:22
  World premiere recording  
21 III No. 3 in B minor 0:55
  World premiere recording  
22 IV no. 4 in E minor 2:18
  World premiere recording  
23 V No. 5 in A minor 1:22
  World premiere recording  
24 VI No. 6 in D minor 3:45
  World premiere recording  
25 VII No. 7 in G minor 1:34
  World premiere recording  
26 VIII No. 8 in C minor 2:47
  World premiere recording  
27 IX No. 9 in F minor 0:41
  World premiere recording  
28 X No. 10 in B flat minor 4:05
  World premiere recording  
29 XI No. 11 in E flat minor 0:54
  World premiere recording  
30 XII No. 12 in A flat minor 1:11
  World premiere recording  


  World premiere recording  


  World premiere recording  
 Raymond Clarke piano

This is a very important release for lovers of 20th century music, featuring the world première recording of the entire solo piano music of Sir Andrjez Panufnik (born in Poland but naturalised a British citizen), and some lesser-known miniature masterpieces by Dmitri Shostakovich.Pianist Raymond Clarke is one of Britain’s leading exponents of modern music.His seven recordings for Divine Art, Diversions and Athene have all been highly acclaimed.

"Raymond Clarke plays this music with great affection and understanding"

Peter Burwasser


"This British recording offers a fascinating program intelligently executed. The Shostakovich pieces… are also rarely heard, so this album is welcome for them alone. The Panufnik pieces are even rarer, and are played with great authority. Raymond Clarke plays all these coolly passionate works superbly and contributes expansive notes. The recording, made at the University of
Newcastle-on-Tyne, has plenty of depth and color. Highly recommended."


American Record Guide

“Clarke is especially good at conveying the off-the-wall perversity of the Ten Aphorisms, and his absolute technical control is vital in the exposed textures of the Panufnik. His masterly booklet essay reveals that he is also a first-rate writer on music.”

Martin Anderson

International Piano

"Fine, enterprising and intelligently planned…rigorous, strong and thoughtful….Clarke fully exploits all the sustained power his Steinway can give him… a very welcome release"

Paul Ingram

DSCH Journal

"This is an important CD, which is strongly recommended on every level." " …played with notable understanding and virtuosity." "…Raymond Clarke is much to be commended for his promotion of such beautifully written compositions." "… A terrific issue, very well recorded."

Robert Matthew-Walker

Musical Opinion

"Pianist Raymond Clarke has long been associated with both of these composers….. He is particularly good at creating a sense of atmosphere in the delicate passages of these works. The recording, made at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, is warm and ambient."

Erik Levi

BBC Music Magazine

"Committed and perceptive playing from Clarke, who for more than a decade now has been among the most stimulating and wide-ranging pianists of his generation, and a recorded balance which does justice to the crisp, clear outlines of the music.  More discs from this source are keenly awaited."

Richard Whitehouse


"Raymond Clarke already put us much in his debt with several outstanding recordings, and this release is another magnificent offering from this fine performer."

Herbert Culot

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