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Kremer plays Schnittke: Concerto Grosso, etc / Schiff

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto Grosso no 1, for 2 violins, harpsichord, prepared piano & 21 strings
>Schnittke, Alfred : Quasi una sonata, for violin & chamber orchestra
>Schnittke, Alfred : Moz-Art à la Haydn, for 2 violins & 11 strings
>Schnittke, Alfred : A Paganini
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Notes & Reviews:

No performer championed the work of the late Russian composer Alfred Schnittke more than violinist Gidon Kremer. Here Kremer and colleagues offer a diverse sampling of Schnittke's work that will interest both those familiar and unfamiliar with this fascinating and influential composer. In the opening Concerto Grosso No.1 for instance three centuries of Classical and Popular musical styles collide to humorous and at times chilling effect. Schnittke's exhilarating early piece Quasi una sonata as well is equally experimental requiring the violin soloist Kremer to extract sounds from his instrument Stradivari never intended. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is remarkably good capturing all the fun beautifully.



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>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto Grosso no 1, for 2 violins, harpsichord, prepared piano & 21 strings
  • Performers: Tatjana Grindenko (Violin); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Yuri Smirnov (Harpsichord); Yuri Smirnov (Prepared Piano)
  • Conductor: Heinrich Schiff
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 27 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1977

>Schnittke, Alfred : Quasi una sonata, for violin & chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Gidon Kremer (Violin); Yuri Smirnov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Schnittke, Alfred : Moz-Art à la Haydn, for 2 violins & 11 strings
  • Performers: Tatjana Grindenko (Violin); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gidon Kremer
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Schnittke, Alfred : A Paganini
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982