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Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)

Chamber Music

Capricorn
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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
 
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Piano Quintet  [23'49]
1
Moderato  [5'09]
2
3
Andante  [5'51]
4
Lento  [4'33]
5
6
7
8
Serenade  [10'00]
9
Senza tempo  [2'46]
10
Lento  [3'14]
11
Allegretto  [4'00]
Trio  [26'30]
12
Moderato  [13'37]
13
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.

Reviews

‘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)

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