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Heres a young "dream team" to celebrate Shostakovitchs genius in the field of chamber music. Plamena Mangova, discovered through her stunning, widely awarded solo Shostakovich CD (Fuga Libera FUG517) is here surrounded by magnificent violinist Natalia Prischepenko, founder of the Artemis Quartet; Maris Janssons cello solo at Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Sebastian Klinger; and a young Ukrainian soprano with a ripe, golden voice - a discovery by late Alfredo Kraus, and a student of Teresa Berganza -: Tatyana Melnychenko. Dont forget these names... Shostakovichs Romances, with their desperate serenity that belongs to no other composer, are one of the most deeply moving masterworks that owe their birth to Mstislav Rostropovich, who gave the first performance with his wife Galina. The other work does not need to be presented, but deserves all superlatives, too: indeed the powerful 2d Trio has seldom been performed with such a contagious commitment.

Supersonic PIZZICATO award