Schnittke: Discoveries
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Alfred Schnittke: Discoveries

Catalogue Number: TOCC0091
EAN: 5060113440914
Release Date: 8 March 2010
Duration: 78:15

Piano Preludes
Dialogue
Yellow Sound
Magdalina
Variations for string quartet

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

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.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1-6 Six Preludes for piano (1953-54)

Alfred Schnittke, composer
Drosostalitsa Moraiti, piano

(first recording)
18:23
1 1, Moderato 2:30 play
2 2, Presto 1:44 play
3 3, Lento 2:57 play
4 4, Andante 2:16 play
5 5, Maestoso 4:24 play
6 6, Fugue 4:32 play
7 Dialogue for cello and ensemble (1967)

Alfred Schnittke, composer
Alexander Ivashkin, cello
Ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal, ensemble
Jeremy Bell, conductor

(recorded live)
12:55 play
8 Yellow Sound, after Vassily Kandinsky: stage composition for pantomime, instrumental ensemble, soprano and mixed chorus (1974)
[Recorded in the presence of the composer]

Alfred Schnittke, composer
Nelly Lee, soprano
Bolshoi Soloists’ Ensemble, ensemble
Alexander Lazarev, conductor

(first recording, recorded live)
34:54 play
9 Magdalina for mezzo soprano and piano (1977)

Alfred Schnittke, composer
Drosostalitsa Moraiti, piano
Liora Grodnikaite, mezzo soprano

(first recording)
7:53 play
10 Variations for string quartet (1997)

Alfred Schnittke, composer
Alexander Ivashkin, cello
Oleh Krysa, violin
Natalia Lomeiko, violin
Konstantin Boyarsky, viola

(first recording)
4:10 play

Artists

Alfred Schnittke

Alfred Schnittke, composer

Drosostalitsa Moraiti

Drosostalitsa Moraiti, piano

Alexander Ivashkin

Alexander Ivashkin, cello

Ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal

Ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal, ensemble
[credit: Bernard Préfontaine]

Jeremy Bell

Jeremy Bell, conductor

Nelly Lee

Nelly Lee, soprano

Bolshoi Soloists’ Ensemble, ensemble

Alexander Lazarev

Alexander Lazarev, conductor

Liora Grodnikaite

Liora Grodnikaite, mezzo soprano

Oleh Krysa

Oleh Krysa, violin

Natalia Lomeiko

Natalia Lomeiko, violin

Konstantin Boyarsky

Konstantin Boyarsky, viola

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