The Devil’s Trill: Music by Mozart, Brahms, Haba & Tartini | MSR Classics MS1618

The Devil’s Trill: Music by Mozart, Brahms, Haba & Tartini


Label: MSR Classics

Cat No: MS1618

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 5th October 2018



Dan Auerbach and Joshua Pierce met in the 1990s through their mutual involvement with the American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York City. With that institution and others, they performed extensively throughout the Metro New York region, and recorded numerous works together for the Pitch label. Projects included a broad range of works, from traditional and contemporary to collaborations with composers on highly experimental works incorporating avant-garde techniques. Auerbach and Pierce continued their partnership through the years, resulting in the creation of the Auerbach-Pierce Duo in 2014. Performances include Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and comparable venues. The Auerbach-Pierce Duo is excited to release this recording debut, a testament to their long-standing and fruitful working relationship.

“Violinist Dan Auerbach and pianist Joshua Pierce have been playing together as a duo since they met in the 1990’s. Here, they give us their best in a program ranging from Mozart to Hába, with side-trips to Brahms and Tartini. It is an intriguing lineup, to say the least... Mozart was discrete about revealing his emotions, so that his contemporaries might well have admired the gracious elements in this sonata without suspecting any underlying grief. Auerbach and Pierce are definitely in tune with the emotional ambiguity of this work... [In the Brahms] Auerbach applies his lean tone and demon precision throughout this work... Pierce supports and complements him with assurance in a work in which the piano is always more than mere accompaniment.” – Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Society (July 2018)

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