About the composer
Lera Auerbach was born in Chelyabinsk, a city in the Ural Mountains in 1973. She received her first musical training from her mother. She wrote her first opera at the age of twelve, which was performed in many cities of the former Soviet Union. In 1991, whilst travelling in the USA, she decided to remain in the West. She graduated from the New York Juilliard School in piano and composition, simultaneously studying comparative literary science at Columbia University. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002, where she performed her own Suite for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica.
About the Stabat Mater
Violin, Viola, Vibraphone and String Orchestra
Lera Auerbach composed "Sogno di Stabat Mater" at Gidon Kremers request. It is the abbreviated version of the “Dialogues with Stabat Mater” from 2005. Lera comments on her composition as follows: "The goal was to transcribe selected movements from Pergolesi’s celebrated masterpiece into a concerto grosso for violin, viola and chamber orchestra while remaining truthful to the spirit of the original work, thus transcribing a sacred vocal work into an abstract instrumental one. On the other hand, I hoped to create a frame, a dialogue, an outlook from our own time on the same subject. I based this dialogue not so much on the differences of cultural and harmonic aesthetics between the 18th and 21st centuries, but rather on their similarities, which was much more challenging. The image of the grieving mother is universal just as pain is universal, though its expressions may vary according to cultural or religious backgrounds."
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Information about the recording
|CD:||Recording of performance Sogno di Stabat Mater November 13th Amsterdam|
Ignace Verberk was so kind to give me this CD-R on Hans birthday, December 2th 2014. He visited the concert by Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Amsterdam on November 14th in 2014 and recorded the performance during a radio transmission by NPO 4 in Hilversum. Thanks a lot!
Candida Thompson, violin and conductor
Dmitri Sjostakovitj, Mammersymfonie 118a