Schnittke - Complete Piano Sonatas, Igor Tchetuev [SACD-DSD-ISO]立体声和多声道
Title: Schnittke: Complete Piano Sonatas - Igor Tchetuev
Description:Alfred Schnittke: Complete Piano Sonatas Igor Tchetuev (piano)
Genre:Classical - Instrumental
Recording Producer: Michael Serebryanyi
Balance Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot
Editor: Carl Schuurbiers
Review by canonical February 28, 2009 (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
I came across this CD, by chance, whilst having a random browse during interval at the Sydney International Piano Competition ... What a superb find it is!
The Schnittke piano sonatas are late works ... written between 1988 -1992 ... but they are surprisingly accessible.
The very first track (the lento of the first piano sonata) starts quietly with pure single notes, which are then increasingly hammered out on the piano, sometimes whilst other keys are held down (but not played), so that the harmonics of the entire piano resonate. And then stop. Igor Tchetuev performs it delicately and brilliantly. His pedal work is amazing, his technique dazzling. The atonal motifs resolve magically to tonality ... until -- what is heard is akin to a glorious Bach chorale, with multi-part voices singing majestically away. At times, the piece has echoes of (oddly for Schnittke) Arvo Part, and at other times, snippets of Ustvolskaya sing through. Later movements have interesting fugal ideas ... but ultimately, it is the interplay of atonal and tonal that is so riveting, and so perfectly handled by Tchetuev.
The sound is superb, and on the SACD partition, it is is almost outrageously good (top notch DSD recording). The quality difference between the SACD stereo sound and the standard redbook CD sound on the same disc is plain to hear. The SACD sound is almost ethereal. It has become my demonstration SACD disc .... and I find myself listening to the opening Lento again and again, as if the piano is right there before me.
The whole package (composition and performance) is deeply intellectual, superbly clean, and enormously exciting. This is certainly the most exciting disc I have found in the last year. Highly recommended.
2005 - Igor Tchetuev - A. Schnittke. Complete Piano Sonatas
01 - Sonata N1. - Lento (1st)
02 - Sonata N1. - Allegretto (2nd)
03 - Sonata N1. - Lento (3rd)
04 - Sonata N1. - Allegro (4th)
05 - Sonata N2. - Moderato (1st)
06 - Sonata N2. - Lento (2nd)
07 - Sonata N2. - Allegro moderato (3rd)
08 - Sonata N3. - Lento (1st)
09 - Sonata N3. - Allegro (2nd)
10 - Sonata N3. - Lento (3rd)
11 - Sonata N3. - Allegro (4th)
12 - Improvisation and Fugue
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