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TO 0091

Schnittke: Discoveries

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2010

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Alexander Lazarev


Jeremy Bell


Alexander Ivashkin

cello

Liora Grodnikaite

mezzo-soprano

Drosostalitsa Moraiti

piano

Nelly Lee

soprano

Konstantin Boyarsky

viola

Oleh Krysa

violin

Natalia Lomeiko

violin

Ensemble Pentaedre de Montreal


Bolshoi Soloists' Ensemble



Venue:

Purcell Room, London


Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall, London


Lazaridis Theatre, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada


Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow


Royal Opera House, Choir Studio, London



Producer:

Martin Anderson

(Executive)

Engineer:

Richard Black


Ed Marshall


Nikolai Sudzilovsky


Mariano Nunez West


Colin Attwell



Record Label
Toccata

Genre:

Chamber


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 78:15
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ALFRED SCHNITTKE

(1934-1998)
   
  first recording  
 

Six Preludes for piano (1953-54)

18:25  
1 Moderato 2:30
2 Presto 1:44
3 Lento 2:57
4 [Andante] 2:16
5 [Maestoso] 4:24
6 [Fugue] 4:32
 Drosostalitsa Moraiti piano
   
  live performance  
7 

Dialogue for cello and ensemble (1967)

12:55
 Alexander Ivashkin cello
 Jeremy Bell
   
  first recording - recorded in the presence of the composer - live performance  
8 

Yellow Sand (1974)

34:54
  after Vassily Kandinsky: stage composition for pantomine, instrumental ensemble, soprano and mixed chorus  
 Nelly Lee soprano
 Alexander Lazarev
   
  first recording  
9 

Magdalina for mezzo soprano and piano (1977)

7:53
  (Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago)  
 Liora Grodnikaite mezzo-soprano
 Drosostalitsa Moraiti piano
   
  first recording  
10 

Variations for string quartet (1997)

4:10
 Alexander Ivashkin cello
 Oleh Krysa violin
 Natalia Lomeiko violin
 Konstantin Boyarsky viola


Major, never-before released works in the output of this great 20th-century composer, the brainchild of Schnittke expert (and close personal friend) Alexander Ivashkin. Four of the five works on this recording are not only first recordings; they 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 elliptical Variations, one of his last works, written in the face of physical adversity.

"...This album offers a range of fascinating music, and is a must-have for any Schnittke enthusiast..."

Gavin Dixon - Fanfare - July/August 2013


              Performance *****              Sound ****
   
‘...mesmerisingly bizarre… the sound and the performances are throughout excellent. Not perhaps the first place to start with Schnittke, but certainly to be considered if you think you’ve already got the measure of this surprisingly various composer.

Calum MacDonald

BBC Music Magazine

‘There are some weird and wonderful sounds in this compilation […] A significant addition to the Schnittke discography’

Grahame Woolf
 

Musical Pointers - May 2010

‘This CD from Toccata is a selection of five works that stretch across Schnittke’s career […] All of them deserve to be better known; all are likely to be welcomed by devotees of Schnittke and those new to his distinctive sound and musical worlds. What’s more the standard of performance on this generous CD is uniformly high […] If you’re new to Schnittke, this might not be the most conventional place to start to become familiar. But it’s nevertheless a good one. If you’re a collector, the fact that these works are available only here now and are so persuasively performed mean it’s a ’must’.’

Mark Sealey

MusicWeb - September 2010



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