Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Providing the Listener with Useful Information

This may seem like picking nits. However, I would like to know why the new Cedille Records release of Lera Auerbach's Opus 47 preludes for cello and piano does not bother to give the key along with the tempo for each prelude on the track listing on the back cover. Presumably, anyone who knows a thing or two about Auberbach will know that the Opus 47 preludes follow the same circle-of-fifths-in-major-and-relative-minor ordering of Frédéric Chopin's (as well as Dmitri Shostakovich's Opus 34 collection) that she took for her Opus 41 piano preludes and her Opus 46 preludes for violin and piano. Nevertheless, this seems like the sort of useful information that could be provided for everyone in the first place they are likely to look!

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