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Alfred Schnittke: Piano Concerto No. 2; Piano Quintet; Piano Quartet / Ewa Kupiec, Maria Lettberg: pianos

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Quintet for Piano and Strings
>Schnittke, Alfred : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor (after Mahler)
>Schnittke, Alfred : Trio for piano, violin & cello
>Schnittke, Alfred : Music for Piano & Chamber Orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Variation is one of the oldest and most popular methods of composition in music history. The native Volga German Alfred Schnittke used a different form of variation in each of the three movements of his concert for piano and chamber orchestra. A glimmer of romantic melancholy opens the piano trio, ending with a fluttering note by the violin, which fades away in the distance. In his Piano Quartet, Schnittke grapples with Gustav Mahler, whose tonal language he considered to be a "guiding principle" for his own work. One of the earliest poly-stylistic works by Schnittke, and probably the most-often performed piece of his oeuvre, is the Piano Quintet dedicated to his deceased mother. One of Europe's most dedicated contemporary music interpreters, pianist Ewa Kupiec, is featured on this beautiful recording.



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Works Details

>Schnittke, Alfred : Quintet for Piano and Strings
  • Performer: Ewa Kupiec (Piano)
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra members
  • Notes: Berlin, Studio Gärtnerstraáe (02/23/2009-02/25/2009); Berlin, Studio Gärtnerstraáe (08/12/2009-08/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1972-1976

>Schnittke, Alfred : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor (after Mahler)
  • Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Studio Gärtnerstraáe (02/23/2009-02/25/2009); Berlin, Studio Gärtnerstraáe (08/12/2009-08/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1988

>Schnittke, Alfred : Trio for piano, violin & cello
  • Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
  • Notes: Berlin, Studio Gärtnerstraáe (02/23/2009-02/25/2009); Berlin, Studio Gärtnerstraáe (08/12/2009-08/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Schnittke, Alfred : Music for Piano & Chamber Orchestra
  • Performer: Maria Lettberg (Piano)
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Notes: Berlin, Jesus-Christus-Kirche (04/17/2008-04/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964