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Episode 5

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 15 January 2010

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

Almost incapacited by a series of crippling strokes, Schnittke continued heroically to compose right until his death in 1998. Donald is joined for a final time by Schnittke's friend and biographer Alexander Ivashkin to discuss the composer's last work: his enigmatic Ninth Symphony, deciphered after his death from near-illegible scrawl by composer Alexander Raskatov.

Featuring excerpts from Schnittke's last film music - for an adaptation of Bulgakov's diabolical story The Master and Margarita - and his controversial opera, Life With An Idiot, a work that brutally sends up life in Communist USSR.

Music Played

3 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Alfred Garyevich Schnittke

    Alfred Garyevich Schnittke The Master And Margarita (excerpts)

    CPO 999 796-2

  • Image for Alfred Garyevich Schnittke

    Alfred Garyevich Schnittke "Life With An Idiot" (1990-1): Act II (excerpt)

    Performer: Dale Duesing (I, Baritone) Performer: Teresa Ringholz (Wife, Soprano) Performer: Howard Haskin (Vova, Tenor) Performer: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Vocal Ensemble Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor, cello)

    SONY CLASSICAL S2K52495

  • Image for Alfred Garyevich Schnittke

    Alfred Garyevich Schnittke Symphony no.9 (1997), reconstructed Alexander Raskatov

    Performer: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Owain Arwel Hughes

    BIS CD 1647

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