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Episode 4

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 January 2010

Donald Macleod presents a celebration of the music of the USSR's last great composer, Alfred Schnittke.

As a new era of openness dawned in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, the West was finally able to meet this shy, brilliant composer in person. Yet - with tragic irony - just as Schnittke was at last able to enjoy the public acclaim he deserved, he was struck down by the first of a series of crippling strokes.

Donald is joined by Alexander Ivashkin, the composer's friend and biographer, to discuss Schnittke's life and works during this period. Featuring a complete performance of one of his greatest - and most terrifying - works: the disturbing Faust Cantata.

Music Played

3 items
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    Alfred Garyevich Schnittke Klingende Buchstaben ("Sounding Letters"), for solo cello (1988)

    Performer: Alexander Ivashkin (cello)

    NAXOS 8554728, 2

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    Alfred Garyevich Schnittke "Seid Nuchtern Und Wachet": Faust Cantata (1983)

    Performer: Malmo Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Performer: James DePriest

    BIS CD437

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    Alfred Garyevich Schnittke Psalms of Repentance, for mixed choir (1988) (excerpts)

    Performer: V. [O Man, Damned and Wretched] Performer: VI. [When They Saw The Ship That Suddenly Appeared] Performer: VII. [O My Soul, Why Art Thou Unafraid] Performer: Swedish Radio Choir Performer: Tönu Kalljuste

    ECM 4535132

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