Alexander Ivashkin plays Schnittke

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COMPOSERS: Schnittke
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Schnittke: Cello Concerto No. 1; Cello Concerto No. 2; Concerto Grosso No. 2 for Violin, Cello and Orchestra Cello; Sonata No. 1; Cello Sonata No. 2
PERFORMER: Alexander Ivashkin (cello), Irina Schnittke (piano); Russian State SO/Polyansky
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 241-39

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Alfred Schnittke’s biographer and passionate advocate Ivashkin is a completely reliable exponent of this intense music, joined by the composer’s widow in the sonatas and by violinist Tatiana Grindenko in the nostalgic Concerto Grosso. Calum MacDonald