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Hyperion Records

CDA66885 - Schnittke: Chamber Music
Recording details: February 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: October 1996
Total duration: 68 minutes 35 seconds

‘Admirable performances of classic Schnittke’ (Classic CD)

‘Capricorn’s blazing performance of the Serenade is what really makes this disc a standout among recent Schnittke releases’ (Fanfare, USA)

'Un trabajo absolutamente recomendable. Obligatorio' (CD Compact, Spain)

Chamber Music
Piano Quintet  [23'49]
Moderato  [5'09]
Andante  [5'51]
Lento  [4'33]
Serenade  [10'00]
Senza tempo  [2'46]
Lento  [3'14]
Allegretto  [4'00]
Trio  [26'30]
Moderato  [13'37]
Adagio  [12'53]

The chamber works on this recording encompass a variety of instrumental groupings and a range of moods from the humour and lightness of the Serenade to the serious magnificence of the Piano Quintet, a five-movement ‘memorial’ developing the tradition of so great a work as Shostakovich’s single-movement work for this combination. The Three Madrigals set a three-language cycle of miniature poems by Francisco Tanzer, poems which themselves encapsulates much that is distinctively Schnittke through their epigrammatic atmosphere of cryptic completeness.

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