"...Lifits' rendering of the 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 34, is ideal. These little pieces distill the sharp high spirits of early Shostakovich down to a tight series of gestures, and Lifits finds musical meaning in every small detail. Sample one of the shorter preludes, like No. 20 in C minor, and marvel at the number of shifts in direction Lifits can pack into 43 seconds. ... Lifits shows the brilliance without overwhelming the Szymanowski Quartet, and in all this is a satisfying, high-spirited Shostakovich album, with clear studio sound from the Sendesaal Bremen."