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Schnittke: The 10 Symphonies Box set


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  • Conductor: none
  • Composer: Schnittke
  • Audio CD (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: BIS
  • ASIN: B002UPQEL2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

BIS 1767 (6 cd); BIS - Svezia; Classica Orchestrale

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2011
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This is an immensely difficult box to summarise, its contents seeming to go so much further than simple categories of my own like or dislike. Schnittke's enigmatic genius has got to stand as one of the most individual voices of 20th Century music. His highly personal modernism is very demanding of the listener, both musically, but also in its ethical rigour. On the one hand he picks up the banner from Shostakovich as subversive champion for freedom from the deathly shackles of the Soviet regime. Against this is pitted a mysticism quite capable of believing twelve impossible things before breakfast, and which draws heavily on the rumbling bells and the incense laden atmosphere of mumbled Orthodox rituals. His symphonies Nos. 1 to 5 are spectacular canvases, that begin in chaotic brilliance but are then progressively honed in intensity, until a veritable explosion in No.5, which qualifies as one of the most terrifyingly apocalyptic pieces of music of which I am aware. Then, with Symphonies 6 to 9, written while increasing debilitated under the impact of progressively paralysing strokes, the vast canvases are replaced by terse, simple works, highly restrained, quiet and quietist in their intent. The overall trajectory is of a star that has swelled to brilliance, that then, after a catastrophic flaring, takes an agonisingly long time to die.

One of the great surprises of the set is undoubtedly Symphony No.0, a student piece, which is like discovering a long lost Shostakovich symphony, and one that's in the running for being one of his finest. It is as though Schnittke wanted to mark with perfect clarity his point of departure, before setting off for the uncharted territory he would stake out for his own.
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