Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Most, Yefim Bronfman – Schnittke Concerto for Piano and Strings (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:54:01 minutes | 964 MB | Genre: Classical
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Two live recordings from Cleveland and Miami. The Schnittke Concerto for Piano and Strings was recorded in Cleveland’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance in October 2020. It features pianist Yefim Bronfman with the Orchestra’s strings. Prokofiev’s Second Symphony was recorded in January 2020 on tour in Miami, in Knight Concert Hall and features full orchestra ensemble in this work inspired by the early 20th century’s fascination with mechanics and industry.
Thoughts from Franz-Welser-Möst, Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra:
“This is a side of Prokofiev that I didn’t know until I discovered this piece. He wrote it in Paris, but deep down, he was carrying his Russian soul — though he was struggling with the political establishment at that time. The symphony was written in the Roaring Twenties, but somehow predicts World War Two, and you can hear the war machine stirring in its mechanical motifs”.
“Schnittke, in the years after World War Two, was also suffering from the legacy of Russia’s communist regime. And I think that both composers were so grounded and bound to Russian soil that they could not deny that that spirit in their music. You can hear that they are inspired by the same history, the same tradition, and the same heart”.
01. The Cleveland Orchestra – Concerto for Piano and Strings, Op. 136
02. The Cleveland Orchestra – I. Allegro ben articolato
03. The Cleveland Orchestra – IIa. Theme and Variations – Theme. Andante
04. The Cleveland Orchestra – IIb. Variation 1. L’istesso tempo
05. The Cleveland Orchestra – IIc. Variation 2. Allegro non troppo
06. The Cleveland Orchestra – IId. Variation 3. Allegro
07. The Cleveland Orchestra – IIe. Variation 4. Larghetto
08. The Cleveland Orchestra – IIf. Variation 5. Allegro con brio
09. The Cleveland Orchestra – IIg. Variation 6. Allegro moderato
10. The Cleveland Orchestra – IIh. Theme