Kim Kashkashian & Lera Auerbach – Arcanum (2016) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Kim Kashkashian & Lera Auerbach – Arcanum (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:51 minutes | 937MGB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM New Series

Kim Kashkashian introduces a duo with Russian composer-pianist Lera Auerbach. Their first collaborative recording features Auerbach’s viola and piano version of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes op. 34, and Auerbach’s own, darker, sonata for viola and piano, Arcanum. The musicians first met at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival in 2010, although Auerbach had long been aware of Kashkashian’s recordings, and the “quality of life-or-death-intensity to her performing, which is rare and wonderful.” Arcanum, accordingly, was written for Kashkashian. Its title, the composer explained in a recent interview, “means ‘mysterious knowledge’: I was fascinated by the inner voice within each of us, some may call it perhaps intuition, some maybe guided meditation, but there is some knowledge that we have, which we may not necessarily verbalize or rationalize. This knowledge allows us to see the truth, to be guided, to seek answers.”

Of Auerbach’s roles as composer and performer in this programme, Kim Kashkashian notes that “Lera performs any piece of music as if she had composed it: she has a way of understanding the perspective of a piece of music, its structure, its character and the colors that go with it.”

Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes for piano (1933) gained renewed popularity through Dmitri Tsyganov’s transcriptions of some of them for violin and piano. Lera Auerbach first turned her attention to violin/piano transcriptions of the preludes Tsyganov had not reworked. In 2008, she set the full cycle for cello and piano, two years later creating a version for viola and piano intended, she said, as a contrasting partner piece to the Sonata for Viola and Piano op 147, Shostakovich’s sombre last work. “This way, violists could enjoy both sides of Shostakovich. The journey through the 24 Preludes gives so much opportunity for colours, for experimentation of different characters, for humour – there is a lot of humour in these Preludes.”

Tracklist:
01. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.1 In C Major-Moderato
02. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.2 In A Minor-Allegretto
03. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.3 In G Major-Andante
04. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.4 In E Minor-Moderato
05. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.5 In D Major-Allegro vivace
06. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.6 In B Minor-Allegretto
07. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.7 In A Major-Andante
08. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.8 In F Sharp Minor-Allegretto
09. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.9 In E Major-Presto
10. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.10 In C Sharp Minor-Moderato non troppo
11. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.11 In B Major-Allegretto
12. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.12 In G Sharp Minor-Allegro non troppo
13. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.13 In F Sharp Major-Moderato
14. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.14 In E Flat Minor-Adagio
15. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.15 In D Flat Major-Allegretto
16. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.16 In B Flat Minor-Andantino
17. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.17 In A Flat Major-Largo
18. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.18 In F Minor-Allegretto
19. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.19 In E Flat Major-Andantino
20. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.20 In C Minor-Allegretto furioso
21. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.21 In F Flat Major-Allegretto poco moderato
22. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.22 In G Minor-Adagio
23. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.23 In F Major-Moderato
24. Shostakovich: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op.34-Arr. For Viola And Piano-No.24 In D Minor-Allegretto
25. Auerbach: Arcanum-I. Advenio
26. Auerbach: Arcanum-II. Cinis
27. Auerbach: Arcanum-III. Postremo
28. Auerbach: Arcanum-IV. Adempte

Personnel:
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Lera Auerbach, piano

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