Schnittke - Epilogue: Works for Cello and Piano | BIS BISCD1427

Schnittke - Epilogue: Works for Cello and Piano


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BISCD1427

Barcode: 7318590014271

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 26th February 2007



Torleif Thedéen (cello)
Roland Pöntinen (piano)


Schnittke, Alfred

Cello Sonata no.1
Cello Sonata no.2
Improvisation for solo cello
Musica Nostalgica
Peer Gynt
» Epilogue


Torleif Thedéen (cello)
Roland Pöntinen (piano)


Alfred Schnittke’s use of the elegiac voice of the cello evokes Russian musical tradition and history. His works for the cello were to a large extent inspired by his friendship and close collaboration with the exceptional musicians Mstislav Rostropovich, Alexander Ivashkin and Natalia Gutman, to all of whom he dedicated works. Rostropovich has said about the composer: “As far as I am concerned, the most remarkable thing about Schnittke is his all-embracing, all-encompassing genius.”
These words perfectly illustrate the works on this CD, whose stylistic breadth reflects the many facets of Schnittke’s development, including his playful engagement with historical musical styles, the continuation of the Shostakovich tradition, and his later ascetic, introspective and often solemn style.
Torleif Thedéen and Roland Pöntinen, who with this disc give us the larger part of Schnittke’s chamber music for the cello, are long-time partners whose first joint recording for BIS was made in 1986 with a disc entitled The Russian Cello. Since then the two have appeared on a number of discs together, performing works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Hindemith and Anton Webern among others.

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