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Schnittke: Works For Cello & Piano / Ivashkin, Schnittke


Release Date: 11/17/1998 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9705   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Irina SchnittkeAlexander Ivashkin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After the death of Dmitri Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke emerged as Russia's leading composer. His style, with its mixture of modernism and antiquity, is often called eclectic, but in its alternation of manic activity and mournful cantilena, there is also a striking similarity to Shostakovich. This is quite evident in Schnittke's music for cello, a favorite instrument of both composers for its ability to project bleak moods, and the fact that both were friends of Mstislav Rostropovich probably didn't hurt either.
Most of these are late works, not surprising since Schnittke wrote nearly half of his huge output in the last decade of his life. The Cello Sonata No. 1, one of his best known pieces, harkens the Shostakovich comparison, with
Read more a tranquil neo-classical largo followed by a dizzying nightmare of a presto which gives way to a long concluding largo. The Second Sonata goes further into a world of quiet introspection and sadness, much of the work is a cello monologue. 'Musica Nostalgia' is a bizarre collage of a mock-Bach Cello suite and a very drunken minuet, while 'Epilogue' features a taped background of a choir singing a never-ending D Major chord against which the cello rhapsodizes at length before disappearing into the heights. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Irina Schnittke (Piano), Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 17 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Musica nostalgica by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Irina Schnittke (Piano), Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Peer Gynt: Epilogue by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello), Irina Schnittke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 25 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This work utilizes a pre-recorded tape.
Version: 1992
Composition written: Russia (1986).
Composition revised: Germany (1992). 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello), Irina Schnittke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 21 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cello Sonata No. 1: I. Largo -
Cello Sonata No. 1: II. Presto -
Cello Sonata No. 1: III. Largo
Cello Sonata No. 2: I. Senza tempo
Cello Sonata No. 2: II. Allegro -
Cello Sonata No. 2: III. Largo
Cello Sonata No. 2: IV. Allegro -
Cello Sonata No. 2: V. Lento
Musica nostalgica
Epilogue: Peer Gynt: (trans. for cello, piano and tape)

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