Alfred Schnittke’s second Concerto grosso features violin and cello soloists, a large symphony orchestra, electric guitars, and many percussionists.
Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan and Alfred Schnittle worked in close cooperation for a long time. The composer dedicated to N Gutman his Cello Sonata and Cello Concerto. To O. Kagan – Violin Concerto No 3. The musicians included many works by A. Schnittke in their repertoire. Concerto grosso No 2 was performed for the first time by N. Gutman, Kagan and the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra in September of 1982 in West Berlin.
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (1985) is one of Alfred Schnittke’s central works. His viola Concerto is dedicated to Yuri Bashmet. It was performed for the first time by the musician in Amsterdam with "Concertgebouw" on January 12, 1986. The concerto was composed by Schnittke in close cooperation with Yu. Bashmet. The sounds of the first part carry the deciphered name "Bashmet".
The premier of the Viola Concerto took place in Mozcow in the spring of 1987. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducted the orchestra. Rozhdestvensky has been conducting music by Schnittke since the 1960s. He has performed and recorded all symphonies by A. Schnittke and many instrumental concertos. Under his baton the orchestra premiered Cantata "Story of Doctor Johann Faust" in Vienna. Rozhdestvensky directed the ballet "Sketches" on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre and performed music from "Peer Gynt" in Hamburg.
Oleg Kagan, Natalia
Gutman and Yuri Bashmet