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Roman Mints (violin) & Katya Apekisheva (piano) - Alfred Schnittke - Works for Violin and Piano Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen - Stravinsky Piano Ballets Anna Huntley & Jens Franke - Schubert - Songs for Voice and Guitar Sergio Gallo, piano - Poetic Fantasies Yoon Chung - Schubert - Late Piano Works

Roman Mints (violin) & Katya Apekisheva (piano) - Alfred Schnittke - Works for Violin and Piano


Alfred Schnittke - Works for Violin and Piano
Roman Mints (violin) & Katya Apekisheva (piano)

"The first time I heard Alfred Schnittke’s music was at children’s music school: it was his Suite in the Old Style, a fairly easy piece to play and understand, notably the Minuet. I remember that one of the teachers, hearing me play the Minuet, said: “See, he can write normal music!” At that time I didn’t know what he meant, but a few years later, when I began to take an interest in any dissonant music, the Soviet record label Melodiya started to release LPs of Schnittke’s symphonies conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. I bought these records, my mother bought them, and I was also given them as birthday presents by my schoolmates. It never occurred to them that, as someone interested in this music, I might already have them. So I wound up with several copies of each record, and in turn gave them to my friends. People began to believe that Schnittke was my favourite composer. And even though that isn’t exactly true, I do still have a particular connexion to his music. Although I stopped buying records of his music long ago, I have always found it easy to play: for me it is simple and clear, and it speaks my language."

Roman Mints




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