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
Schnittke: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2 / Lubotsky, Klas
Release Date: 03/25/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 487   Number of Discs: 1
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Schnittke: String Quartets No 1-3 / Tale Quartet
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 467   Number of Discs: 1
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Schnittke: Concerto No 2 For Cello, Concerto Grosso No 2
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 567   Number of Discs: 1
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Schnittke: Quasi Una Sonata, Etc / Gothóni, Wallin, Et Al
Release Date: 05/30/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1437   Number of Discs: 1
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Schnittke: 3 Concertos / Markiz, New Stockholm Co
Release Date: 07/06/1993   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 377   Number of Discs: 1
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Composition Type: Orchestral

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    Portrait of a Lover / Frackiewicz
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: GEN 19665 Release Date: 09/06/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Luciano Berio,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Mikolaj Majkusiak  ... 
    Performer:  Maciej Frąckiewicz
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    Tabula Rasa / Padovani, Korsakova
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38552 Release Date: 11/16/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arvo Pärt,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Manrico Padovani,  Natasha Korsakova
    Conductor:  Charles Olivieri-Munroe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Czech Philharmonic
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    Schnittke: Concerto Grossi Nos. 1 & 2 / Moscow Philharmonic Society, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1341 Release Date: 05/30/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Tatiana Grindenko,  Natalia Gutman,  Oleg Kagan
    Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Society Soloists,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Glass: Violin Concerto - Schnittke: Concerto grosso No. 5 / Kremer, Vienna Philharmonic [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4796967 Release Date: 02/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Rainer Keuschnig
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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    Schnittke: Symphony No 1 / Rozhdestvensky, Ussr  State Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002321 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Victor Guseinov
    Performer:  Victor Guseinov,  Paul Mägi
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Alfred Schnittke: Film Music Edition
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7196 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Conductor:  Frank Strobel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Bach, Schnittke: Concerto For Two Violins /  Sarah & Deborah Nemtanu
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5383 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Sarah Nemtanu,  Deborah Nemtanu
    Conductor:  Sascha Goetzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Chamber Orchestra
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    Schnittke: 3rd Symphony / Jurowski, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 186485 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 10.
    William Walton, Alfred Schnittke / Yuri Bashmet, Dmitri Kitayenko
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002293 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic 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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    Classical Accordion / Ksenija Sidorova
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arne Nordheim,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Yuji Takahashi,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Ksenija Sidorova
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  • 13.
    Bach & Schnittke
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2083 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dmitri Bulgakov,  Maria Alikhanova,  Fyodor Stroganov
    Conductor:  Misha Rachlevsky
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    Schnittke: Sketches / Andrey Chistiakov, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9215 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Conductor:  Andrey Chistiakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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    Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No 1, Quasi Una Sonata / Schiff
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429413 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Smirnov,  Tatiana Grindenko,  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Heinrich Schiff,  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No 1, Symphony No 9 / Hughes
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1727 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Albert Combrink,  Christopher Cowie,  Sharon Bezaly,  Grant Brasler
    Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schnittke: Film Music Vol 4 / Strobel, Et Al
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Conductor:  Frank Strobel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No 3, Symphony No 5 / Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430698 Release Date: 12/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Jaap van Zweden,  Ronald Brautigam,  Viktor Liberman,  Saskia Boon  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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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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  • 20.
    Gidon Kremer Plays Sibelius: Violin Concerto;  Schnittke
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60957 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Schnittke: Epilogue - Music For Cello And Piano / Thedéen, Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1427 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen,  Torleif Thedéen
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  • 22.
    The Many Musics Of Gidon Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000838902 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Yuri Bashmet,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gidon Kremer,  Heinrich Schiff,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kremerata Baltica,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen  ... 
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    Schnittke: Quasi Una Sonata, Etc / Gothóni, Wallin, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1437 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Tero Latvala,  Meri Englund,  Ulf Wallin,  Ralf Gothóni
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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  • 24.
    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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    Schnittke: Symphony No 8, Etc / Jia, Norrköping So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1217 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Conductor:  Lü Jia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
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