Lera Auerbach’s “Arcanum“ receives World Premiere in Switzerland

Like Tabea Zimmermann and Yuri Bashmet, Kim Kashkashian has repeatedly committed herself to contemporary viola music. Especially in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the viola has awakened the unparalleled interest of contemporary composers. Starting with Dmitri Shostakovich's last completed work, the Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147, or the Viola Concerto of Alfred Schnittke, the viola has been featured in new works in virtually all musical genres. In April 2013, the violist Kim Kashkashian and the Russian-American composer and pianist Lera Auerbach will present three concerts during a brief European tour with works by Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Lera Auerbach.

At the centre of focus is the world premiere of Lera Auerbach's new work “Arcanum” for viola and piano on 23 April 2013 at the Municipal Theatre of Vevey, Switzerland. The composer has given Latin titles to the four movements of this composition: 1. Advenio, 2. Cinis, 3. Postremo and 4. Adempte.

In addition, the 24 Preludes, Op. 34 by Dmitri Shostakovich will be performed in an adaptation by Auerbach for viola and piano.

23 April 2013
Vevey
Théâtre de Vevey, 7:30 PM
World premiere: Lera Auerbach
”Arcanum“ for viola and piano
Kim Kashkashian (viola)
Lera Auerbach (piano)

24 April 2013
Ludwigshafen
BASF-Feierabendhaus, 8 PM
German premiere: Lera Auerbach
”Arcanum“ for viola and piano
Kim Kashkashian (viola)
Lera Auerbach (piano)

26 April 2013
Athens
Megaron Concert House, 8:30 PM
Greek premiere: Lera Auerbach
”Arcanum“ for viola and piano
Kim Kashkashian (viola)
Lera Auerbach (piano)

 

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