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Auerbach: 24 Preludes For Violin And Piano, Etc / Gluzman

Release Date: 06/24/2003 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1242   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Lera Auerbach
Performer:  Angela YoffeVadim Gluzman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Born in Chelyabinsk in 1973, Lera Auerbach defected from the former Soviet Union to the United States while still in her teens, and she has since garnered much attention as both pianist and composer, notably in her recent work with Gidon Kremer. Written in 1999, Auerbach's 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano amply showcase her stylistic leanings and wide emotional range. Clearly, she's imbibed from the Shostakovich/Schnittke watering hole, as we hear in the frequent sparse textures in extreme registers, petulant dynamic shifts, obsessive pedal points, and caustic, folk-oriented tunes. Auerbach also has figured out what makes Astor Piazzolla tick, and manages to personalize his sultry harmonic idiom. Read more />

The most interesting moments occur when the composer's original voice pushes her influences out of the way, as in the sudden, unexpected violin cadenza that immediately follows Prelude No. 15's unrelenting dance. This leads to a threnody that gradually dematerializes into a high-register mist, and before you know it, Prelude No. 16 is over. The Postlude and solo violin piece also typify the ease with which Auerbach communicates her ideas. Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe push their collective virtuosity sky-high. Such big playing requires the larger-than-life engineering BIS provides. Not only do I want to hear more of Auerbach's music, but I also hope BIS plans to take advantage of her wonderful piano playing on future releases. Enthusiastically recommended.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Preludes (24) for Violin and Piano, Op. 46 by Lera Auerbach
Performer:  Angela Yoffe (Piano), Vadim Gluzman (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Russia 
T'filah, Op. 33 by Lera Auerbach
Performer:  Vadim Gluzman (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; Russia 
Postlude for Violin and Piano, Op. 47b by Lera Auerbach
Performer:  Vadim Gluzman (Violin), Angela Yoffe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Russia 

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