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Schnittke: Violin Sonata No. 2; Congratulatory Rondo; Piano Quintet

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Schnittke: Violin Sonata No. 2; Congratulatory Rondo; Piano Quintet (2002)

by Alexei Popov (viola), Alexey Baev (violin), Kirill Timofeev (cello), Lidiya Kovalenko (violin), Yury Serov (piano)

About this title: As a means of transcending the limitations of schools or theories, "polystylism" served Alfred Schnittke well, and it enabled him to surprise audiences with his enormous musical vocabulary. However, there is a fine line between playing with styles and outright pastiche, which Schnittke sometimes crosses, seemingly jumping from a position of ironic commentary to comic mimicry. This disc presents three frequently performed pieces, which, if heard from beginning to end, may baffle, because Schnittke's stylistic sweep goes from ... read more

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