Elodie Lauten is an original post-minimalist who writes piano, electronic, chamber and orchestral music. Her landmarks are neo-operas evolving or deconstructing the classic form: The Two-Cents Opera premiered in March 2009 at Theater for the New City; The Death of Don Juan reissued on CD by Unseen Worlds called “a masterpiece of new music” (2008), and Waking in New York from the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, listed on Sequenza21 as “one of the most influential works of the last three decades”.
“Lauten has plenty of large-scale compositions on her resume, but there is much to be said for looking to the intimate and often confessional quality of solo work performed by the composer, when it’s available, for a more complete vision of the artist. The stress of caring for her ill mother in Paris (during which (Crossroads) was developed) seems to have poured itself quite directly into this composition, an uneasy waterfall of notes which, poetically enough, includes reference to an old nursery rhyme. Lauten is no stranger to a keyboard, and her performance on this recording showcases that talent.”
- Variations on the Orange Cycle
3. Sonate Ordinaire