Schnittke and Prokofiev

Available worldwide Nov 5 Schnittke & Prokofiev

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The Cleveland Orchestra’s newest audio recording will feature Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings (1979) together with Prokofiev’s Second Symphony (1925), showcasing the pairing of an older and newer work led by Music Director, Franz Welser-Möst.

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Two live recordings, from Cleveland & Miami

The Schnittke Concerto for Piano and Strings was recorded in Cleveland’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance during the Covid-19 pandemic (October 2020). It features pianist Yefim Bronfman with the Orchestra’s strings, and was part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s In Focus digital broadcast series. Prokofiev’s Second Symphony was recorded in January 2020 on tour in Miami, in Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 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."

Track Listing
  • Schnittke (1934-1998) Concerto for Piano and Strings (in one movement) with Yefim Bronfman
  • Prokofiev (1891-1953) Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Opus 40
Audio Formats
    • Physical: CD (Hybrid SACD)
    • Digital (Streaming/Download): on all major digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music (high-quality Lossless Audio and Apple Digital Masters on Apple Music / 24-bit download)
Companion Booklet

Forty pages, including an essay from Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra and Andre Gremillet, President & CEO, The Cleveland Orchestra, about the recording along with program notes about the two musical works, and photographs of The Cleveland Orchestra performing the pieces.