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Alfred Schnittke: 3rd Symphony


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111 musicians celebrating a large-scale symphony sounds like a performance of a work by Mahler, Strauss or early Schönberg. In fact, the composer of this symphony, Alfred Schnittke, had precisely these (and other) composers in mind back in 1981. Whereas he initially mirrored styles from these and otrher composers, he soon was borrowing concepts from “trivial music” folklore, jazz, tango, etc… was He himself described his compositional technique as “polystylistic; which was more than just a technique but an aesthetic program: a serious effort to break through the vicious circle of self-satisfied and self-sufficient avant-garde music. His Third Symphony testifies to all this searching, this “inbetweenness”. The four-movement work, written on commission to inaugurate the new Leipzig Gewandhaus, confronted not only a multi-layered historical past but a weakened current state of affairs while remaining highly respectful of the achievements of the past and present. Vladimir Jurowski leads the Berlin Radio-Symphony Orchestra in this recording of a great and intricate work.
Facts
Item number PTC5186485
Barcode 827949048562
Release date 2/10/2015
Category Orchestral
Label PENTATONE
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Jurowski, Vladimir
Orchestra Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 300:48:34
1 Symphony No. 3: I. Moderato 00:11:26 Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Jurowski, Vladimir
2 Symphony No. 3: II. Allegro 00:13:23 Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Jurowski, Vladimir
3 Symphony No. 3: III. Allegro pesante 00:08:15 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
4 Symphony No. 3: IV. Adagio 00:19:08 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
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