The output of Alfred Schnittke (1934-98) has been documented in recordings more thoroughly than that of any other Russian composer since Shostakovich. But there are a number of works which 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, written in the teeth of enormous physical difficulty.
Drosostalitsa Moraiti, piano Alexander Ivashkin, cello Ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal, ensemble Jeremy Bell, conductor Nelly Lee, soprano Bolshoi Soloists’ Ensemble, ensemble Alexander Lazarev, conductor Liora Grodnikaite, mezzo soprano Oleh Krysa, violin Natalia Lomeiko, violin Konstantin Boyarsky, viola
Catalogue No: TOCC0091EAN/UPC: 5060113440914Release Date: 08.03.2010Composer: Alfred Schnittke Artists: Alexander Ivashkin, Alexander Lazarev, Bolshoi Soloists' Ensemble, Drosostalitsa Moraiti, Ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal, Jeremy Bell, Konstantin Boyarsky, Liora Grodnikaite, Natalia Lomeiko, Nelly Lee, Oleh Krysa
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