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Alfred Schnittke: Film Music Edition / Berlin RSO; Frank Strobel

Audio Samples

  1. Schnittke — The Story of the Unknown Actor Suite: I. Theme (Title Music) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Schnittke — The Story of the Unknown Actor Suite: II. Agitato I (Sledge) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Schnittke — The Story of the Unknown Actor Suite: III. Agitato II (Trip) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Schnittke — The Story of the Unknown Actor Suite: IV. Waltz (Farewell) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Schnittke — The Story of the Unknown Actor Suite: V. Theme and March $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Schnittke — The Story of the Unknown Actor Suite: VI. Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: II. Wedding $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: III. Attack $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: IV. Game $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: V. Entering the City $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: VI. Love $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: VII. Cellar $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: VIII. Rain $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: IX. Dream $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: X. Trek of the Damned $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Schnittke — The Commissar Suite: XI. Conclusion $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Schnittke — Clowns and Kids Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): I. Title Music $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Schnittke — Clowns and Kids Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): II. Intermezzo $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Schnittke — Clowns and Kids Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): III. Acrobats $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Schnittke — Clowns and Kids Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): IV. in the Hospital $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Schnittke — Clowns and Kids Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): V. Waltz $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Schnittke — The Waltz Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): I. The Building Site $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Schnittke — The Waltz Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): II. Carriage $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Schnittke — The Waltz Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): III. Factory $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Schnittke — The Waltz Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): IV. Vovka $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Schnittke — The Glass Harmonica Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): I. The Musician and the Carillon $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Schnittke — The Glass Harmonica Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): II. Procession $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Schnittke — The Glass Harmonica Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): III. The Faces - The Flights - Pyramids
  29. Schnittke — The Glass Harmonica Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): IV. The Musician - The Awakening $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Schnittke — The Ascent Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): II. On the Sled $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Schnittke — The Ascent Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): III. Remorse $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Schnittke — The Fairytale of the Wanderings Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): I. in the Bat Cave $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Schnittke — The Fairytale of the Wanderings Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): II. Crash of the Carriage - The Sea $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Schnittke — The Fairytale of the Wanderings Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): IV. Cat and Mouse Game $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Schnittke — The Fairytale of the Wanderings Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): V. Mayday Dance - Dive Bar - Hunt $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Schnittke — The Fairytale of the Wanderings Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): VI. Plague $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Schnittke — The Fairytale of the Wanderings Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): VII. Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Schnittke — The Fairytale of the Wanderings Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): IX. Destruction of the Castle $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Schnittke — The Fairytale of the Wanderings Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): X. Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Schnittke — Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): I. Title Music $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Schnittke — Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): II. Menace and Rescue $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Schnittke — Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): III. Night $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Schnittke — Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): IV. Legend $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Schnittke — Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): V. Fight $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Schnittke — Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): VI. Epilogue $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Schnittke — Sport, Sport, Sport Suite (Arr. F. Strobel): I. Title Music - Interview $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Alfred Schnittke as a composer of film music - that is a fact well known to anyone who has ever been concerned with Alfred Schnittke. However, only very few people are familiar with his actual work in the film music genre. This is all the more surprising since on the one hand, Alfred Schnittke wrote more than 60 film scores during the years between 1961 and 1984, and on the other hand, his poly-stylistic techniques found a nearly perfect equivalent in film. Since Alfred Schnittke suffered from the artistic regimentations like many contemporary composers in the USSR, and his works could often only be performed under difficult circumstances, his work for the film to a large extent contributed to his livelihood.

MusicWeb International, 19th May 2015
What we have here are scores painstakingly gathered together and recorded in excellent audio rather than original soundtracks...With an inevitable smoothing out of those rough edges that can charm and shock in those original film recordings, this is a collection very much worth acquiring.



Reviews

Excellent film music from Afred Schnittke, wonderfully performed!
This four CD set consists entirely of film music written by Alfred Schnittke, and a treasure trove of melodical descriptiveness it is. With the exception of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, I have not seen any of the films that the music on this set featured. But that is on my list of things to rectify, as delightful as this music is I simply must see the films that the music was written for. That makes describing this set in the film-music context difficult, but on the musical front alone this is wonderful.

The first CD features music from “The Story of an Unknown Actor” and “The Commissar”, and it is clear from the opening phrases that the music is an integral part of the story being told. Fortunately, the liner notes describe each film, giving the plot and descriptions of the situations that the music frames. It is the second CD, though, that drives home the ability of Schnittke to capture emotional nuances in this medium in his music for “Clowns and Children”. There is childlike awkwardness, playfulness, and during the hospital sequence his utilization of the celesta and harpsichord is simply masterful. The music from the TV film “The Waltz” is pleasing and graceful, as well as a little off-kilter in the “modified” Blue Danube section (track 8). And I just loved the music from “Glass Harmonica” which features the celesta, harp, theremin (a really neat instrument that is not played by touch), Ekvodin (a Russian synthesizer per the liner notes), electric accordion, guitar, and organ. The way each was used I found fascinating.

The third disc contains music written for “Fairytales From The Wanderings” and “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”. The opening horns in the “Fairytales” music give way to pleasingly driven strings and piccolo, and the hints of Klezmer foundation to various sections is present in the themes-and-variations structure of the music. This entire suite is gorgeous, well put-together, and intellectually stimulating. I would definitely like to hear it performed live. And of course the music from “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” is familiar from childhood, but the instrumentation that Schnittke uses is very creative and allows him to evoke such precise emotionally tinged sonic textures that it is hard not to marvel at his creativity. Completing the set on the fourth CD is the music from “Sport, Sport, Sport” and “The Adventures Of A Dentist”, in which a charming Baroque movement (track 8) touches upon the music of both Bach and Handel in a very creative way.
This listener truly wants to tip his cap to Frank Strobel and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for taking on this project and ensuring that this wonderful music has the chance to be listened to outside of the medium of Russian film. It goes without saying that they do the music justice and bring it to life brilliantly. Highly recommended!

Submitted on 08/03/15 by KlingonOpera 
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