Lera Auerbach (1973, Russian-American)

Born in 1973, an accomplished pianist and an early composition prodigy, although her three early cycles of Preludes (for piano op. 41, violin and piano op. 46, cello and piano op. 47) show a hodge-podge of influences, among which Shostakovich looms large. I haven’t heard much of her later work. What these hearly works evidence is – other than an impressive pianist – a huge compositional talent that still needs to find an entirely personal voice and take you into areas of expression that you’ve never heard before.

Auerbach is also a recognized poet, and the author of a number of opera librettos, including for her own opera Gogol (2011). In fact she’s so multi-talented that it makes me envious.

These are the CDs with Auerbach’s music that I’ve reviewed:

Lera Auerbach Plays her Preludes and Dreams for piano. BIS-CD-1462 (2006)

24 Preludes for Violin & Piano, T’filah, Postlude. Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe. BIS-CD-1242 (2003)

Celloquy (24 Preludes for Cello & Piano, Sonata for Cello & Piano, Postlude for Cello & Piano). Ani Aznavoorian, Lera Auerbach. Cedille Records CDR 90000 137 (2013)

Sogno di Stabat Mater in De Profundis (works of Sibelius, Pärt, Šerkšnytė, Schumann Nyman, Schubert, Kovacs, Shostakovich, Auerbach, Piazzolla, Pelēcis, Schnittke). Gidon Kremer (violin & direction), Ula Ulijona Zerbriunaite (viola), Andrei Pushkarev (vibraphone), Kremerata Baltica. Nonesuch 7559 79969 9 (2010) 


More info and resources, as always, on Auerbach’s entry on Wikipedia, universal source of knowledge just two clicks away, on Auerbach’s website including her bio and (not entirely complete) discography, and on her pages at her publisher’s website, Sikorski Verlag, including her now sizeable catalog of compositions.

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