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Alfred Schnittke - Piano Quartet, String Trio, Piano Quintet - Molinari Quartet, Louise Bessette (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Alfred Schnittke - Piano Quartet, String Trio, Piano Quintet - Molinari Quartet, Louise Bessette (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Artist: Molinari Quartet, Louise Bessette
Title: Alfred Schnittke - Piano Quartet, String Trio, Piano Quintet
Genre: Classical
Label: © ATMA Classique
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ATMA Classique
Duration: 00:59:47
Recorded: Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, (Québec), Canada et salle pierre-Mercure du Centre pierre-péladeau, Montréal. June 2010 and April 2012

Alfred Schnittke’s chamber music comprises a dozen works which include four string quartets (released in 2011 by ATMA with Molinari Quartet, Chamber Music vol. 1 ACD2 2634), as well as the three works featured on this volume 2.

Schnittke was a great admirer of Mahler. In 1988, he based his own Piano Quartet on Mahler’s chamber music sketches. Schnittke dedicated the Quartet to the Ukrainian violinist Oleh (Oleg) Krysa, one of the musicians who had premiered his Trio. Schnittke’s String Trio was commissioned by the Alban Berg Society of Vienna to commemorate the centenary of the Austrian composer’s birth in 1985. His quintet can be thought of as a kind of heir to the one Shostakovich had composed in 1940. Its five movements create a sort of instrumental Requiem dominated by a cyclical theme of five notes and by the imitation of Russian church bells.

Internationally acclaimed by the public and the critics since its foundation in 1997, the Molinari Quartet has established a mandate to perform works from the 20th and 21st centuries, repertoire for string quartet, and to commission new works. Recipients of 14 Opus Prizes awarded by the Quebec Music Council, the Molinari Quartet is described by the critics as "Canada's answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet."

Tracklist:
Quatuor avec piano | Piano Quartet [1988]
1 Allegro 7:24
Trio à cordes | String Trio [1985] 24:05
2 I. Moderato 13:01
3 II. Adagio 11:04
Quintette avec piano | Piano Quintet [1972-76] 28:00
4 I. Moderato 6:57
5 II. In Tempo di Valse 5:49
6 III. Andante 6:34
7 IV. Lento 4:44
8 V. Moderato pastorale 3:56

Personnel:
Quatuor Molinari | Molinari Quartet:
Olga Ranzenhofer - Premier Violon | First Violin [ 4-8 ]
Frédéric Bednarz - Deuxième Violon | Second Violin [ 1-8 ]
Frédéric Lambert - Alto | Viola [ 1-8 ]
Pierre-Alain Bouvrette - Violoncelle | Cello [ 1-8 ]

Marcin Swoboda - Alto | Viola [ 4-8 ]
Louise Bessette - Piano [ 1, 4-8 ]

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