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This CD includes the expansive Sonata for Piano N.1 (1988),the entire suite "Little Piano Pieces" (1971) and a live recording of the Concerto for Piano and Strings (1979) performed in 2003 with the Omsk Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Nikolaevsky.
The CD is dedicated to the memory of Maestro Yuri Nikolaevsky, a close friend of the composer. The soloist had the chance to perform the concerto in 2003 during the last concert conducted by the Maestro. This live recording captures the energy of this performance.
As for the solo piano part, recorded in 2006 in Vancouver CBC Studio One, it offers what is to date the most interesting and sensitive recording of the Sonata No.1, a work one might consider the Liszt Sonata of the XX Century. A style comparison with Irina Schnittke's own playing of another sonata, the second, also confirms the relevance of Svetlana's approach to his music.
Little Piano Pieces are miniatures written by Schnittke for his son Andrei. To my knowledge, this is the first time the entire suite is available on recording.
Svetlana Ponomareva recently received critical acclaim for her second CD Schubert/Liszt.