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"Schnittke and His Ghosts" - Piano Works of A. Schnittke, Webern, Mozart, Shostakovich & Scriabin / Angelina Gadeliya, piano

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Variations on a Chord, Op. 39
>Webern, Anton : Variations for piano, Op. 27
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Variations (3) on a theme by Glinka, for piano (collaborative work with Kabalevsky, Sviridov, et al.
>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for Piano no 2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Alfred Schnittke, the outstanding maverick of Soviet music in the late 20th century, was a man haunted by the ghosts of his predecessors - classical, twelve-tone, Russian mystical and otherwise. Trapped in an oppressive Soviet Union (his passport was taken away and he was not allowed to travel abroad), he made his living writing film music and developing a unique 'polystylistic' technique which blended classicism, modernism, Russian tradition and his own personal mysticism. Angelina Gadeliya, born in Soviet Georgia and brought up in the Ukraine, later emigrated to the United States where she became a leading advocate of Schnittke's music and, at the same time, an expert in the influences which shaped his musical personality. This unique program includes music by Mozart, Webern, Shostakovich (based on Glinka) and Scriabin as well as two impressive works by Schnittke himself (his Variations on a Chord and Sonata No. 2), everything performed with virtuoso skill and panache by this outstanding keyboard artist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (09/2014).



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Works Details

>Schnittke, Alfred : Variations on a Chord, Op. 39
  • Performer: Angelina Gadeliya (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Webern, Anton : Variations for piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: Angelina Gadeliya (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540
  • Performer: Angelina Gadeliya (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Variations (3) on a theme by Glinka, for piano (collaborative work with Kabalevsky, Sviridov, et al.
  • Performer: Angelina Gadeliya (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Schnittke, Alfred : Sonata for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Angelina Gadeliya (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
  • Performer: Angelina Gadeliya (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903