"Russian classical music appeared less than two centuries ago, but although that Russian sound is relatively new, it is a sound most music-lovers recognize and feel to be old," states Gerard McBurney in his essay on The Elusive Soul of Russian Music. Hear this unmistakable "old" sound in two epic pieces of the Russian repertoire, and in an authentic Russian voice of today - that of composer, pianist, and poet Lera Auerbach.
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Auerbach Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, "Seraphim Canticles" (CMS Co-Commission, World Premiere, 2011)
Tchaikovsky String Sextet, Op. 70, "Souvenir de Florence"