Schnittke Concerto Grosso

Arwel Hughes - Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No.1 & Symphony No.9 (2009) [Official Digital Download 24/44.1]

Arwel Hughes & Cape Philharmonic Orchestra - Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No.1 & Symphony No.9 (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 61:18 minutes | 537 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The first disc dedicated to the works of Alfred Schnittke on BIS was released in 1987, and has since been followed by 23 other titles, including a large part of his chamber music as well as the symphonies and other orchestral works. That first disc featured Concerto grosso No.1 in the original version for two violins and strings – the work which to some extent became Schnittke’s breakthrough in the West in the late 1970s. On the present disc that same work is heard again, but now in a world première recording of Schnittke’s own version with solo parts for flute and oboe. Soloists are Sharon Bezaly and, on the oboe, Christopher Cowie , making his first appearance on BIS.
Alfred Schnittke - Concerto Grosso No. 1 (version for flute and oboe) / Symphony No. 9  - Cape Philharmonic, Hughes

Alfred Schnittke - Concerto Grosso No. 1 (version for flute and oboe) / Symphony No. 9 - Cape Philharmonic, Hughes
XX Century Classical | Easy CD-DA Rip | APE, IMG+CUE, NO LOG | No cover/No Booklet | 206 MB | Filesonic
Publisher: BIS - records

On this disc the reconstructed unfinished symphony No. 9 combined with Schnittke's Concerto grosso No.1. This time not in the rather well known original version, but in Schnittke's own revised version with solo parts for flute and oboe.
Written during the composer’s final years, and after Schnittke had suffered a serious stroke, the autograph score of the Symphony No. 9 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.
Alfred Schnittke - Concerto grosso No.6 & Symphony No.8 (1995)

Alfred Schnittke: Concerto grosso No.6 & Symphony No.8 (1995)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 165 MB
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Suffice to say Schnittke's Eighth Symphony is truly one of his greatest works and, indeed, one of the great symphonic works of the latter twentieth century. The charge of oppressive asceticism laid against the Sixth and Seventh symphonies can hardly be held up to this expansive and frankly emotional work. It is as if Schnittke relaxed the skeletal sounds of his previous essays in the genre and, while not quite returning to the dazzling orchestral pyrotechnics of the Fifth Symphony (Concerto Grosso no. 4), created a work of great sincerity and beauty. The first movement is an obsessive repetition of a wide-ranging (in pitch, not rhythm) melody, seemingly effortlessly varied to touch on all sections of the orchestra. The climax is reached early in the movement and the remainder is a chilling decrescendo, the harmonies becoming more static and dissonant. The second and fourth movements are bitter, angry and Shostakovichian in their use of dissonant intervals to create a long line. They share thematic material, yet shards of the first and third movements invade to further complicate the texture. The eighteen minute third movement is a remarkable achievement. It seems to pick up the wisps of tonality discernable at the end of Mahler's Ninth and convert them into a long elegy for a lost romanticism. The sparsity of texture (often long stretches of monophonic strings) throws the emotive weight totally on the long, twisting and often stunningly beautiful melodies that emerge. The entrance of the low brass towards the end is just one of the profound moments in this stunning meditation on life, and the afterlife. After the rage of the fourth movement, the fifth movement provides a truly wonderful solution to the problems of the previous ones- a slowly ascending c major scale is caught by various instruments, always ppp and the work ends with this visionary cluster.
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VA - Schnittke: Quasi Una Sonata / Suite in the Old Style / Concerto Grosso No. 6 (2006) [Official Digital Download 24/44.1]

VA - Schnittke: Quasi Una Sonata / Suite in the Old Style / Concerto Grosso No. 6 (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 64:20 minutes | 552 MB
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Early on in his career, the violin became an immensely important instrument for Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998). He developed a remarkable skill in composing for the instrument, resulting in a number of highly successful works of which several have been gathered on this disc. During the 1960s, a time when the violin was not the preferred instrument for the avant-garde as it carried too much historical ballast, Schnittke used it as tool for experimentation developing polystylism, an incorporation of historical sources or techniques into a modernistic context.
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky - Schnittke: Symphony No.8, Concerto grosso No.6 (1995) (Repost)

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky - Schnittke: Symphony No.8, Concerto grosso No.6 (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 53:24 | 180 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: 9359

The late Alfred Schnittke has, after his death, been accused of writing too much music of variable quality. This debate is still raging although suffice to say that the Eighth Symphony truly is one of his greatest works and indeed, one of the great symphonic works of the latter twentieth century. The charge of oppressive asceticism laid against the Sixth and Seventh symphonies can hardly be held up to this expansive and frankly emotional work. It is as if Schnittke relaxed the skeletal sounds of his previous essays in the genre and, while not quite returning to the dazzling orchestral pyrotechnics of the Fifth Symphony (Concerto Grosso no. 4), creating a work of great sincerity and beauty. The first movement is an obsessive repetition of a wide-ranging (in pitch, not rhythm) melody, seemingly effortlessly varied to touch on all sections of the orchestra.
Ernst Krenek - Symphony No. 4, Concerto grosso No. 2 (North German Radio Philharmonic, A. Francis)

Ernst Krenek - Symphony No. 4, Concerto grosso No. 2 (North German Radio Philharmonic, A. Francis)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 322 Mb
Date: 2011

In many ways the Fourth Symphony illustrates Krenek's independence from any one musical style – and ultimately from his teacher(s) and those who influenced him, like Busoni, too. It has a thread of mid-century anguish and uncertainty. But it could never be described as avant-garde or experimental. Yet it's of a pleasing unity, has direction and thrust which make it more than merely stimulating listening. Like all but those of the first and second symphonies, this one on cpo is the only recording. It's full of purpose, clarity and of transparent, open, yet very …….
Mark Sealey @ classical.net
Alfred Schnittke - Symphony No.8 - Concerto Grosso 6 - Stockholm Symphony Orchestra - G. Rozhdestvensky

Alfred Schnittke - Symphony No.8 - Concerto Grosso 6 - Stockholm Symphony Orchestra - G. Rozhdestvensky
XX Century Classical | 1 CD | Easy CD-DA Rip | APE, IMG+CUE, NO LOG | SCANS | 163 MB | Filesonic
Publisher: Chandos - records

The extraordinary religious feeling of the Eighth Symphony is no doubt a product of the decade of illness that preceded its composition. Schnittke had a series of strokes beginning in 1985 and refused to surrender to them, continuing his career and producing a notable quantity of excellent new music until his death in 1999. The composer acknowledged that this led him into contemplation of subjects beyond this world, and brought to the surface both his Christian faith and his Jewish heritage. This symphony was premiered in Stockholm on November 10, 1994, with Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting.
Schnittke wrote his Concerto Grosso No. 6 for the musical Rozhdesvensky family, and it was premiered on January 11, 1994 with Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting, Vikoria Postnikova, pianist, and their son Sasha Rozhdestvensky, violinist.
Krzysztof Penderecki - Clarinet Concerto; Flute Concerto; Concerto Grosso No.1 (2014)

Krzysztof Penderecki - Clarinet Concerto; Flute Concerto; Concerto Grosso No.1 (2014)
The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki
Michel Lethiec, clarinet; Łukasz Długosz, flute; Arto Noras, cello;
Bartosz Koziak, cello; Rafał Kwiatkowski, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: DUX | # DUX 1186 | Time: 01:17:05

The instrumental concerto occupies a very prominent place in the music of Krzysztof Penderecki. This fact is related to the great life force exhibited by this genre in twentieth century and in contemporary music. It is stimulated by commissions from virtuosos and by audience expectations; also favourable is the composers’ flexibility in approaching the form, whose chief idea continues to be the juxtaposition of the solo instrument and the orchestra. The violin and viola works presented on this CD are not only interesting, concrete realizations of the concertare idea in Penderecki’s music, but also examples of this composer’s sonic language and style in the period of his creativity which Mieczyslaw Tomaszewski called a "time of dialogue with the regained past".
Capella Tiberina; Corina Marti, Alexandra Nigito - Alessandro Scarlatti: 12 Sinfonie di Concerto grosso (2015) 2CDs

Alessandro Scarlatti - 12 Sinfonie di Concerto grosso (2015) 2CDs
Capella Tiberina; Corina Marti, recorder; Paolo Perrone, concertmaster;
Alexandra Nigito, harpsichord; Ann Allen, oboe, recorder; Giuseppe Frau, trumpet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 506 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 247 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94658 | Time: 01:28:48

After being kept in relative obscurity the music of Alessandro Scarlatti is making a glorious come back, and is recognised as at least as innovative, brilliant and profound as the music of his son, the famous Domenico Scarlatti. These “12 sinfonie di concerto grosso” are concertante works, either for a variety of solo instruments (concerto grosso) or for solo recorder and strings. These are delightful baroque concertos, brimming with energy, Italian charm and gusto. Played by Early Music group Capella Tiberina on historical instruments, Corina Marti is the recorder soloist, who already excelled in her recording of the Mancini recorder concertos on Brilliant Classics (BC 94324).
Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz - Ernest Bloch: America; Concerto Grosso No.1 (2012)

Ernest Bloch - America; Concerto Grosso No.1 (2012)
Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard Schwarz; Patricia Michaelian, piano

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Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572743 | Time: 01:01:54

Swiss-born Bloch, a pupil of Eugène Ysaÿe, emigrated to the United States in 1916. Written in 1926, two years after Bloch had become an American citizen, America: An Epic Rhapsody, is the composer’s tribute to his adopted country. This romantic and patriotic score vividly surveys the history of the US from the native American melodies of pre-colonial days to the modern era of 1920s jazz and beyond. The Concerto Grosso No 1 is a bold statement which unites the eighteenth-century concerto grosso form with a modern tonal language.