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Alfred Schnittke: Cello Sonata no. 1 (1978)

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Published on Oct 13, 2012

I:Largo -- II. Presto -- III. Largo

Devoid of the more flamboyant gestures of some of Schnittke's later music, this sonata shows a clear indebtedness to the clarity (and sometimes the irony) of Shostakovich. Its three sections are played without a pause; the brief, elegiac first movement and demonic second movement, ending in catastrophic collapse, are both revisited in the extended, dream-like finale.

A definitive performance by Josef Lupták (cello) and Nora Skuta (piano), ar the 2012 Indian Summer in Levoca Festival

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