Notes & Reviews:
The output of Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998) has been documented in recordings more thoroughly than that of any other Russian composer since Shostakovich. But there are a number of works that have not yet been released on CD, and four of the five here are not only first recordings - they also document Schnittke's stylistic evolution over more than four decades of creative activity, moving from the relatively traditional Preludes, via the serial Dialogue and the experimental Yellow Sound, to the elliptical Variations, one of his last works.
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