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Schnittke: Cello Concertos & Sonatas / Polyansky, et al

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for cello & orchestra no 1
>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for cello & piano no 1
>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for cello & piano no 2
>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for cello & orchestra no 2
>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto Grosso no 2, for violin, cello & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Alfred Schnittke's works for cello -- particularly the concertos and sonatas -- are among his most significant and mature compositions. The majority of the pieces heard on this two-disc set are a snapshot of the effects of the composer's first, massive stroke which occurred in 1985. After this incident, Schnittke's works became even more dissonant, aggravated, and pained -- what better instrument to capture this angst than the cello. The Russian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valeri Polyansky provides an excellent but unobtrusive backdrop during the concertos, matching the soloist's articulation and rhythmic fervor throughout. The piano part for the sonatas is played by none other than Irina Schnittke, the composer's widow. This again is a very pleasant match of talents. All together, this album is a must-have for fans of Schnittke's music and certainly for any collection of music for cello." -All Music Guide

BBC Music Magazine
Alfred Schnittke's biographer and passionate advocate Ivashkin is a completely reliable exponent of this intense music, joined by the composer's widow in the sonatas and by violinist Tatiana Grindenko in the nostalgic Concerto Grosso.

Gramophone Magazine
'A disc that critic Philip Clark calls in his review "the definitive document of Schnittke's relationship with the cello" can make for uncomfortable listening. Properly so, as the First Concerto was composed around Schnittke's dreadful stroke in 1985. Welcome to his uncompromising world



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Works Details

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for cello & orchestra no 1
  • Performer: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 39 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1985-1986

>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for cello & piano no 1
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Irina Schnittke (Piano)
  • Notes: Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia (04/22/1998-04/25/1998)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for cello & piano no 2
  • Performers: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello); Irina Schnittke (Piano)
  • Notes: Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia (04/22/1998-04/25/1998)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for cello & orchestra no 2
  • Performer: Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 41 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto Grosso no 2, for violin, cello & orchestra
  • Performers: Tatjana Grindenko (Violin); Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Mosfilm New Studio, Moscow, Russia (12/24/2001/12/26/2001)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1981-1982