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Celloquy

Ani AznavoorianLera Auerbach

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    • I. (Allegro moderato) (7:01)

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Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for violoncello and piano (1999) receives its world-premiere recording on Celloquy in a performance by Ani Aznavoorian, an award-winning American cellist of international stature, and Auerbach, a Russian-born virtuoso pianist and one of the most widely-performed composers of the new generation.

Auerbach is the youngest composer on the roster of Hamburg’s prestigious international music publishing company Hans Sikorski, home to Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Schnittke. “Her music is lyrical, passionate, and often seems to straddle the past and present,” observed the host of a recent Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program devoted to Auerbach’s multi-faceted career.

The Chicago Reader called the 24 Preludes “an enthralling work of great invention and power.” The San Francisco Chronicle said, “Each of these short pieces . . . is a lyric poem in music, creating a mood, a melodic notion, or a completely imagined microcosm. . . . The range of Auerbach’s inspiration is phenomenal.”

Aznavoorian and Auerbach have played the 24 Preludes numerous times, notably on stage at the Hamburg State Opera House during Hamburg Ballet performances of Auerbach’s Préludes CV, which incorporates the cello Preludes. The two musicians are longtime friends and collaborators who met as undergraduates at New York’s Juilliard School.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 75:12

Artist Name(s):
Ani Aznavoorian, cello
Lera Auerbach, piano

Producer and Engineer: Adam Abeshouse
Recorded: August 7–9, 2012, at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York
Front Cover Image: (Un)Tangled by Lera Auerbach
Front Cover Titles: Sue Cottrill
Booklet & Inlay Card Design: Nancy Bieschke

Publishers:
24 Preludes for violoncello and piano © 1999 Sikorski (SIK 8508)
Sonata for violoncello and piano © 2002 Sikorski (SIK 8509)
Postlude for violoncello and piano © Sikorski (SIK 8508)

Funded in part by a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

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