I've never played any Shostakovich before, and I was curious about whether/how I should go about pedaling in his preludes and fugues from Op. 87.
I'm treating the pieces like Bach, but there seems to be some impossible lines unless you pedal. I would appreciate some suggestions for how to pedal in these types of fugues, as the score doesn't have pedal markings, and I want to pedal cleanly (to be honest I avoid pedaling unless the score dictates it, so I don't have a great sense of its capability beyond what composers specify).
See the attached image for an example from no. 4 e minor fugue.
Specifics from the excerpt: The A and C# in the left hand are tied to the next measure when the LH should then play F#. Meanwhile, the RH plays the dotted-half A on beat 1 and then the dotted-half D on beat 2.
If my focus on pedaling is missing the intention of how Shostakovich wrote this, then feel free to clarify how I should approach these sorts of "awkward" phrases.
I understand these are questions better suited for a teacher, but I don't have one right now, so any guidance is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time and help.