Alfred Schnittke - The Piano Concertos Nos.1-3 - Ewa Kupiec - Maria Lettberg - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin - Frank Strobel
XX Century Classical | Easy CD-DA Rip | APE, IMG+CUE, NO LOG | cover included/No Booklet | 259 MB | Filesonic
Publisher: Phoenix - records
Many, perhaps most, listeners may lose interest in this disc of Schnittke's three piano concertos after the first concerto ends. But some, not a lot, perhaps, but a very enthusiastic minority, will gain interest after that. The Concerto for piano and orchestra from 1960 shows the influence of Bartók, with lots of brass and percussion in the outer movements and plenty of swashbuckling pianism throughout. The Concerto for piano and strings from 1979, however, is a more dissonant, allusive, and often frankly brutal work, and the Concerto for piano four hands and chamber orchestra from 1988 is more fractured and fractious still, driving the soloists and the orchestra to the brink of collapse in the climaxes.