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CHAN 241-39
(multiple CD Set)
Alexander Ivashkin plays Schnittke

Schnittke: Cello Concertos and Sonatas

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2007

Originally recorded in 2007


Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Valeri Polyansky

Alexander Ivashkin


Irina Schnittke


Tatiana Grindenko



Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory

Mosfilm Studio, Moscow


Igor Veprintsev

(Cello Concerto No. 2)

Valeri Polyansky

(other works)

Vadim Ivanov

(Sonatas Nos 1 & 2)


Igor Veprintsev

(other works)

Farida Uzbekova

(Sonatas Nos 1 & 2)

Elena Buneeva

and Vladimir Kisselev (Cello Concerto No. 1)

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Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 153:15
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Cello Concerto No. 1

1 I Pesante - 15:32
2 II Largo - 10:07
3 III Allegro vivace 3:44
4 IV Largo 10:54

Cello Sonata No. 1

5 I Largo - 4:04
6 II Presto 6:28
7 III Largo 10:40
 Irina Schnittke piano

Cello Sonata No. 2

8 I Senza tempo 4:14
9 II Allegro - 3:42
10 III Largo 5:04
11 IV Allegro - 2:01
12 V Lento 2:05
 Irina Schnittke piano

Cello Concerto No. 2

13 I Moderato - 3:23
14 II Allegro 9:35
15 III Lento - 8:26
16 IV Allegretto mino - 4:33
17 V Grave 16:16

Concerto grosso No. 2

  for violin, cello and orchestra  
  Dedicated to Oleg Kagan and Natalia Gutman  
18 I Andantino - Allegro 6:20
19 II Pesante 10:21
20 III Allegro 6:03
21 IV Andantino 9:43
 Tatiana Grindenko violin
  Recorded in memory of Alfred Schnittke by soloists Tatiana Grindenko, the co-dedicatee of Schnittke's Concerti grossi Nos 1 & 3, and Alexander Ivashkin  
 Alexander Ivashkin cello
 Valeri Polyansky
  16 January 1998 (Cello Concerto No. 2) and 22-25 April 1998 (Sonatas Nos 1 & 2)  
  24 March 1999 (Cello Concerto No. 1) and 24 & 26 December 2001 (Concerto grosso)  
Only available recording of Cello Concerto No.1

All are rarely recorded works

The cello works are played by Schnittke’s friend and biographer, Alexander Ivashkin.

Two-CD set at the price point of 2 for 1

This newly compiled two-CD set is taken from four back catalogue CDs and features the distinguished cellist Alexander Ivashkin, a friend of Alfred Schnittke from 1969 until the latter’s death in 1998. Chandos has recorded a broad and important survey of Schnittke’s music, which has done much to establish the composer’s presence on CD. This re-issue is Ivashkin’s tribute to his friend and colleague.

Schnittke is recognised as having produced some of the most moving and original music of the late twentieth century, and the works for cello are certainly amongst the most important in Schnittke’s output. Reviewing the recording of Concerto Grosso No. 2 on its original release, Gramophone declared, ‘with two fine soloists in the Concerto Grosso, this is a must for collectors of the Chandos Schnittke series and a welcome reminder of one of the later twentieth century’s most distinctive and troubling musical voices’.

Not only a devotee of Schnittke’s music, Alexander Ivashkin is also the composer’s biographer. Here he plays Cello Sonatas Nos 1 and 2 with Schnittke’s wife, Irina, Classic CD observing that these are ‘performances which may be regarded as wholly definitive’, while Concerto Grosso No. 2 also features Tatiana Grindenko, one of the first Soviet advocates of Schnittke’s music. The concertos were recorded with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under Valeri Polyansky.

Alfre Schnittke’s biographer and passionate advocate Ivashkin is a completely reliable exponent of this intense music, joined by the composer’ widow in the sonatas and by violinist Tatiana Gridenko in the nostalgic Concerto Grosso.
BBC Music Magazine

…here’s the definitive document of Schnittke’s relationship with the Cello

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