Alfred Schnittke - Concerto Grosso No. 1 (1977)/Piano & Strings (1979)



while other composers in the 70s were doing minimalist downtown stuff or clinging to the corpse of serialism, Schnittke was busy mashing together entire genres to create face-stabbingly violent modern compositions. the concerto grosso no. 1 filters baroque music thru his warped lens and out come tone clusters and... tango. i recommend starting from the top, but if you want just a taste, check out the 5th mov't first and see if it grabs you.

and the 2nd included piece is tits, too.

full disclosure: i am a Schnittke fanboy

5 Responses so far.

  1. nice review. would be better if you actually knew something about classical and didn't just listen to it to seem intellectual and open-minded

  2. Really loving this album so far,feel like Garden Gnome is a bit of a douche and very wrong for assuming that the only reason you would listen to it is to seem intellectual.

  3. ill! says:

    not really sweating it. Schnittke is often unfairly shit on by academic types as being UN-intellectual, so...? if anything he's a bit of a throwback.

  4. Muni says:

    Suck a cock gnome. I've loved this piece since I was a kid because it is one of the most viscerally engaging things I've heard to date. There are other composers, Schoenberg and Webern for example, that I cannot stand...and frankly, I probably just lack the capacity. Stop being an asstard...I already feel bad for getting so angry, this just happens to be one of my favorite pieces of music.

  5. Muni says:

    beautiful live performance with good sound quality

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6G7FbrofaE

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