Alfred Schnittke

Gennady Rozhdestvensky - Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 2; Faust Cantata (2008)

Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 2; Faust Cantata (2008)
Erik Kurmangaliev, countertenor; Raisa Kotova, contralto; Anatoli Safiulin, bass
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra & State Chamber Choir, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Oleg Kagan, violin; Natalia Gutman, cello

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Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 01547 | Time: 01:08:50

Alfred Schnittke's Second Concerto Grosso is a different creature than his First. While the 1977 Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 2 Violins, Strings and Keyboards is a lithe, vicious, often comical work, the Second, finished five years later, is a weightier affair. The soloists are now violin and cello; the Baroque band is now a full orchestra with electric guitar, drum kit, and brake drum; there are four large movements rather than six smaller ones; the entire work is imbued with an air of sincere tragedy, albeit with mud on its shoes. Schnittke dedicated the work to its premiere soloists, husband-and-wife duo Oleg Kagan (violin) and Natalia Gutman (cello); famed for their flawless ensemble, the couple inspired in Schnittke a musical air of companionship – a single soul in two instruments.
Leonard Elschenbroich & Petr Limonov - Alfred Schnittke: Musica Nostaligica (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Leonard Elschenbroich & Petr Limonov - Alfred Schnittke: Musica Nostaligica (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 59:09 minutes | 506 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

For those wanting to explore the chamber music of 20th-century master, Alfred Schinttke, this CD is the perfect place to start. The disc ends with a highly personal musical memorial to Schnittke by Leonard Elschenbroich as both composer and performer, who has had since his early years a deep interest in both the man and music: arguably the greatest Russian composer since Shostakovich.
The Lark Quartet, Gary Graffman - Alfred Schnittke: String Quartets 2 & 3, Piano Quintet (1998)

The Lark Quartet, Gary Graffman - Alfred Schnittke: String Quartets 2 & 3, Piano Quintet (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:00 | 333 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Arabesque Recordings | Catalog: Z6707

The young, American, all-female Lark Quartet have been gathering prizes and critical encomia over the past ten years or so, and these sensitively prepared performances of three of Schnittke’s most memorable chamber pieces show just why. I’m pretty sure I’ve not heard a better focused or more full-blooded account of the Second Quartet, nor one which held my attention more consistently.
Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)
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Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1755, 461 815-2 | Time: 01:05:00

Schnittke's Piano Quintet, a creative response to his mother's death, is an austere, haunting work full of grief and tenderness that marks one of his early ventures into polystylistic writing. The opening piano solo is unique, a spare statement of puzzlement in the face of tragedy. It gives way to a waltz, as if recapturing a lost past, then the graceful dance melody literally disintegrates as the strings venture off into other regions, vainly trying to reassemble the theme and failing. At the end of its touching five movements the music's despair is transformed into serene, hard-won acceptance. Shostakovitch's 15th Quartet, his final statement in that form, premiered just months before his death. It's six slow movements are shot through with contemplative sadness and regret. The music is so rich in texture and substance that attention never flags.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Kaspars Putnins - Alfred Schnittke & Arvo Pärt: Choral Works (2018)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Kaspars Putnins - Alfred Schnittke & Arvo Pärt: Choral Works (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 217 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 14 | Time: 59:44 min

Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt lived through times of remarkable change in the last decades of the Soviet Union. From the 1970s, state restrictions on religion were gradually relaxed and this was reflected in the arts and especially in music. Schnittkes adoption of Christianity was triggered by the death of his mother in 1972, and culminated in his later conversion to Catholicism. Pärt was from a nominally Lutheran background in Estonia, but embraced the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, following intensive study of liturgical music. Both composers began to incorporate religious themes into their work, moving away from the modernist abstraction that had characterized their early careers.
Alfred Schnittke - Kremer Plays Schnittke - Concerto grosso No. 1, Quasi una sonata (1990) {Deutsche Grammophon 445 520-2}

Alfred Schnittke - Kremer Plays Schnittke - Concerto grosso No. 1, Quasi una sonata (1990) {Deutsche Grammophon 445 520-2}
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© 1990 Deutsche Grammophon | 445 520-2
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Concerto / Violin

No performer championed the work of the late Russian composer Alfred Schnittke more than violinist Gidon Kremer. Here Kremer and colleagues offer a diverse sampling of Schnittke's work that will interest both those familiar and unfamiliar with this fascinating and influential composer. In the opening Concerto Grosso No. 1 for instance three centuries of Classical and Popular musical styles collide to humorous and at times chilling effect. Schnittke's exhilarating early piece Quasi una sonata as well is equally experimental requiring the violin soloist Kremer to extract sounds from his instrument Stradivari never intended. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is remarkably good capturing all the fun beautifully.
Marcin Markowicz, Grzegorz Skrobinski - Different Things: Erich Korngold, Nino Rota, Alfred Schnittke, Philip Glass (2017)

Different Things: Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Nino Rota, Alfred Schnittke, Philip Glass (2017)
Marcin Markowicz (violin), Grzegorz Skrobiński (piano)

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Genre: Classical | Label: CD Accord / NFM | # ACD 235 / NFM 38 | 01:10:38

Korngold, Rota, Schnittke, Glass – four different artistic personalities. Each of these composers was active in totally different conditions; and therefore their life circumstances and consequently their artistic choices are incomparable. What may connect Korngold and Nino Rota are their early debuts as composers – both were prodigies. Seeking analogies in the lives of Alfred Schnittke and Philip Glass would come to naught. There is, however, another common denominator for their work – all of them were hugely successful in writing film music. Korngold codified its modern canons ruling to this day. Without Nino Rota it would be difficult to imagine Federico Fellini’s masterpieces. Alfred Schnittke found in the realm of cinema a domain of relative artistic freedom; Philip Glass a platform for his ambitiously non-clichéd art, opposing the musical mainstream of the last decades of the 20th century and the first decades of the 21st century.
Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Part - Konzert fur Chor - Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Peter Dijkstra (2013) {BR Klassik 900505}

Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt - Konzert für Chor - Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Peter Dijkstra (2013) {BR Klassik 900505}
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© 2013 BR Klassik | 90050
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Choral

The disc contains moving choral music written by two of the most significant composers of the 20th century. At its world premiere in 1986, Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for Chorus was said to be revolutionary, whilst Arvo Pärt remains one of the most popular composers of the present day.

V.A. - Alfred Schnittke: The Ten Symphonies (6CDs, 2009)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at Jan. 17, 2017
V.A. - Alfred Schnittke: The Ten Symphonies (6CDs, 2009)

V.A. - Alfred Schnittke: The Ten Symphonies (6CDs, 2009)
Classical, Orchestral | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 1.02 GB | Booklet 2.58 Mb
Label: BIS | Release Year: 2009

BIS is proud to present the only available collection of the complete symphonies by Alfred Schnittke. The recordings, part of the Schnittke Edition begun in 1987, have been brought together in a 6-CD boxed set which also includes an initiated essay by Schnittke’s close associate Alexander Ivashkin: a fascinating chapter in the history of the late 20th-century symphony.
RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann - Alfred Schnittke: Penitential Psalms (2016)

RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann - Alfred Schnittke: Penitential Psalms
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | 54:35 min | 514 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2016

The Penitential Psalms, a key work in the artistic itinerary of Alfred Schnittke, was premiered in Moscow in 1988. This masterpiece of exceptional density and rigour, at once contemporary and timeless, is performed here from the composer’s autograph manuscript, which includes significant divergences from the published edition.