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Cat. No. CHAN 241-39 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 2
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CHAN 241-39 - Schnittke: Cello Concertos and Sonatas
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Available From: 01 October 2007
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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