Schnittke - Concerto grosso No. 1 & Symphony No. 9


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Schnittke - Concerto grosso No. 1 & Symphony No. 9



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27th July 2009




61 minutes


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Schnittke - Concerto grosso No. 1 & Symphony No. 9


Concerto Grosso No. 1

version for flute, oboe, harpsichord, prepared piano and string orchestra by the composer. world première recording

Sharon Bezaly (flute), Christopher Cowie (oboe), Grant Brasler (harpsichord) & Albert Combrink (piano)

Symphony No. 9

reconstruction by Alexander Raskatov

Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes


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This disc concludes the Schnittke Symphony cycle available on BIS. His final symphony, Symphony No. 9, was written at the end of his life after he had suffered a serious stroke. The autograph score was so difficult to decipher that it had to be reconstructed after the composer’s death – a painstaking process which was crowned by a first performance in 2007.

The disc also includes a world première recording of Schnittke’s Concerto grosso No.1 with solo parts for flute and oboe. The soloists include flautist Sharon Bezaly and oboist Christopher Cowie, who makes his first appearance on BIS.

Alfred Schnittke: Concerto grosso No. 1 (version for flute, oboe, harpsichord, prepared piano and strings)

I. Preludio

II. Toccata

III. Recitativo

IV. Cadenza

V. Rondo

VI. Postludio

Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No. 9 (reconstructed by A. Raskatov)

I. [Andante]

II. Moderato

III. Presto

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