Preludes and Dreams, Lera Auerbach, piano. Lera Auerbach, a Russian Jew who has lived in the United States for over 20 years, is not only a pianist but a visual artist and award-winning poet. She is the creator of an impressive number of large-scale works such as the ballet The Little Mermaid and the recent Ode to Peace. Preludes and Dreams, an album of piano pieces completed between 1999 and 2003, is typical of Auerbach’s idiom. She is firmly rooted in a Slavic tradition traceable through Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff back to Chopin, and her work is profoundly personal in its emotional breadth and intensity.
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