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Modern Portraits II - Schnittke, Shchedrin, Gubaidulina / Krainev, Spivakov


Release Date: 07/23/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60466   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfred SchnittkeRodion ShchedrinSofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Vladimir Krainev
Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is a neat conspectus of Soviet music for chamber orchestra forces in the immediate post-Shostakovich years. Schnittke in 1979 was already on his way out of his familiar Gothic-horror juxtaposition of styles. His Concerto for Piano and Strings may still confront emblems of religious ritual with a demented waltz, a thumping toccata, or a lacerating cadenza, but on the whole its concern is with a single-minded, in-bred intensity. Whether it is any the better for that I am still not sure; but Krainev and Spivakov certainly respond whole-heartedly to its alternation of the hypnotic and the trenchant.

Since the flurry of interest in his music in the late 1960s Rodion Shchedrin has failed to capture Western imaginations to the
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Gubaidulina's Seven Last Words of 1982 could hardly be more different. Modelled to some extent on Schütz's and Haydn's settings of the last words of Christ on the Cross, it is shot through with mystical symbolism, not least in its deployment of the bayan (a Russian accordion) and cello to represent the human and spiritual spheres respectively. Again the performance is first-rate.

-- Gramophone [5/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano and Strings by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Vladimir Krainev (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich 
Length: 23 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2. Music for the City of Cöthen by Rodion Shchedrin
Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich 
Length: 18 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Seven Last Words by Sofia Gubaidulina
Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich 
Length: 32 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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