Alfred Schnittke

Biography

Born: November 24, 1934; Engels, Russia   Died: August 3, 1998; Hamburg, Germany  
Upon his emergence in the West in the early 1980s, Alfred Schnittke became one of the most talked-about, recorded, and influential composers of the last decades of the twentieth century. Schnittke was born in 1934 in the Soviet Union to German parents. After living for several years in Vienna, he returned to Moscow to attend the Conservatory from 1953-1958. He returned there to teach instrumentation from 1962 through 1972. Thereafter, splitting Read more his time between Moscow and Hamburg, he supported himself as a film composer. Schnittke composed nine symphonies, six concerti grossi, four violin concertos, two cello concertos, concertos for piano and a triple concerto for violin, viola and cello, four string quartets, ballet scores, choral and vocal works. His first opera, Life with an Idiot, was premiered in Amsterdam (April 1992). Two more operas, Gesualdo and Historia von D. Johann Fausten were unveiled in Vienna (May 1995) and Hamburg (June 1995) respectively. In 1985, Schnittke suffered a series of strokes, but nevertheless entered into the most creative period of his life. From 1990 until his death in 1998, he lived exclusively in Hamburg.

A Jewish-born Christian mystic, Schnittke had philosophical theories that permeated his music. According to his biographer Alexander Ivashkin, he believed a composer "should be a medium or a sensor remembering what he hears from somewhere else and whose mind acts as a translator only. Music comes from some sort of divine rather than human area." (Alfred Schnittke, Phaedon Press 1995). Read less

Composition Type: Soloist and Orchestra

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  • 1.
    Shostakovich - Schnittke - Lutoslawski / Matsuev, Tarkovi, Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4838489 Release Date: 04/10/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Alfred Schnittke,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev,  Gabor Tarkovi,  Thomas Lechner
    Conductor:  Rainer Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin
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    Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559857 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Alexander Dedyuhkin,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult,  George Szell,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Schnittke: Concerto for 3, String Trio, Minuet & Canon / Kremer, Bashmet, Rostropovich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559872 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet,  Gidon Kremer,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
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  • 4.
    Complete Concerto Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Kremer
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002582102 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Alban Berg,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Heinz Holliger,  Mischa Maisky,  Rainer Keuschnig  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Colin Davis,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Mozart & Schnittke: Kammermusik / Cabeza
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 766 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Maia Cabeza,  José Gallardo,  Liga Skride
    Conductor:  Dirk Kaftan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg University Concertino Ensemble
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    Yuri Bashmet: The Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875168382 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Max Bruch,  Alfred Schnittke,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet,  Viktor Tretyakov,  Mikhail Muntian,  Larissa Diadkova
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Neeme Järvi,  Yuri Bashmet,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Soloists
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    Alfred Schnittke: Viola Concerto; Cello Concerto No. 1
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1311 Release Date: 01/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet,  Natalia Gutman
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra
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    Schnittke: Piano Concerto, Aphorisms, Gogol Suite / Proshayev, Dmitriev, Mokhtari
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 71 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Denys Proshayev,  Nadia Mokhtari
    Conductor:  Alexander Dmitriev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Soloists
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    Dimitri Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 For Piano And Orchestra; Chamber Symphony; Alfred Schnittke: Concerto For Piano And Strings
    Label: Phaia Music   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yakov Kasman
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Leducq-Barome
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    Concertos For Violin
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1141 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
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    Elgar, Schnittke: Viola Concertos / David Aaron Carpenter
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 11532 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  David Aaron Carpenter
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Modern Portraits II - Schnittke, Shchedrin, Gubaidulina / Krainev, Spivakov
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60466 Release Date: 07/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Rodion Shchedrin,  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  Vladimir Krainev
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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    Schnittke: Variations On One Chord, Piano Concerto / Lyubitskaya, Gorenstein
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 532 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Victoria Lyubitskaya
    Conductor:  Mark Gorenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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    Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bach: Piano Concertos / K. Bashmet, Y. Bashmet, Moscow Soloists, Et Al
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2060 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Ksenia Bashmet,  Vladislav Lavrik
    Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
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    Schnittke: Concerto For Piano, Concerto For Piano Four Hands
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45742 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Irina Schnittke,  Viktoria Postnikova
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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    Mozetich: Affairs Of The Heart;  Scnittke, Etc / Mints
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2052 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Roman Mints
    Conductor:  Mikel Toms
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    Schnittke: Cello Concertos & Sonatas / Ivashkin, Polyansky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24139 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin,  Irina Schnittke,  Tatiana Grindenko
    Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Yuri Bashmet - Britten, Reger, Hindemith, Schnittke
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60464 Release Date: 06/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Benjamin Britten,  Paul Hindemith,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet
    Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
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    Schnittke: Viola Concerto, Trio Sonata / Yuri Bashmet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60446 Release Date: 06/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet
    Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    The Ninth Day - Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No 1, Etc
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1507 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Patrik Swedrup,  Christian Bergqvist,  Roland Pöntinen,  Torleif Thedéen
    Conductor:  Lev Markiz,  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Viola Space - Japan 10th Anniversary - Penderecki, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1379/80 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Hikaru Hayashi,  George Benjamin,  György Ligeti  ... 
    Performer:  Yuji Murai,  Masao Kawasaki,  Mazumi Tanamura,  Yoshiko Kawamoto  ... 
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  • 22.
    Tribute To Alfred Schnittke
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 67016 Release Date: 04/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Valery Polivanov,  Sergei Bezrodny,  Dimitri Kortchak  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
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  • 23.
    Dedicated To Victims Of War And Terror - Schnittke, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3259 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Constantine Orbelian
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Myaskovsky, Schnittke, Denisov / Arman, Turovsky, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9891 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Edison Denisov,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Stepan Arman
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 25.
    Schnittke: Complete Violin Concertos / Kremer, Eschenbach
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 26866 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
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