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ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano – Roman Mints, v. /Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, per./Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz (2 CDs)

ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano – Roman Mints, v. /Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, per./Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz (2 CDs)

The many styles of Alfred Schnittke explored in authentic performances. ALFRED SCHNITTKE: Works for Violin and Piano = Sonata No. 1—Sonata No. 2 ‘Quasi una Sonata’; Sonata No. 3; Suite in the Old Style; Congratulatory Rondo; Stille Nacht; Polka – Roman Mints, violin/Katya Apekisheva, p./ Andrey Doynikov & Dmitri Vlassik, percussion/Olga Martynova, harpsichord – Quartz QTZ2116 (2 CDs), 47:25, 41:30 (5/6/16) ****: The music on this 2-CD set of music by Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) displays the multiplicity of styles and musical techniques of this postmodern Russian composer. The serial style of the First Violin Sonata; the polystylist Second Violin Sonata; the near-death late Violin Sonata No. 3; the film music of the Suite in the Old Style and the stylized distortions of the Congratulatory Rondo, Stille Nacht and Polka. Schnittke is the most important Russian composer in the late half of the 20th century. He followed Shostakovich in the trials of being a musician in an era of Soviet totalitarianism. His musical heritage—Russian, Jewish and Austro-German, physical struggles (two strokes), changing musical influences (from serialism to neo-Romanticism) made him a composer whose music is filled with the imagery and emotion of constant variation, often from one minute to the next. […]