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Gilbert French
American Record Guide, August 2001

"...this album is an excellent introduction to Schnittke's chamber music."

Robert Kirzinger
Fanfare, August 2001

"These recordings were made during the Australian Chamber Music Festival in July 199, at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia...

These are convincing, committed performances by some of Schnittke's most important champions. The dynamic range is greater in these performances than in the Tale's...There's no audience noise at all...the sound is great. Superbudget price, recommended highly."

Erik Levi
BBC Music Magazine, March 2001

"Schnittke's uniquely drawn visions of despair, irony violence and nostalgia cannot help but exert a powerful spell over even the most sceptical of listeners. The uncompromising directness of expression often reminds one of his great predecessor Shosakovich whose influence is particularly tangible here in the shadowy waltz of the Piano Quintet and in the eerie trills that haunt sections of the String Trio....It would be unduly churlish not to applaud Naxo's enterprise for including a number of rarely heard miniatures and undoubtedly helping to bring Schnittke's music to a much wider public."

Olin Chism
The Dallas Morning News, February 2001

"The late Russian composer Alfred Schnittke may eventually be seen as one of the giants of 20th century music. The excellent performers are the composer's widow, pianist Irina Schnittke, and a mostly Russian group of musicians."

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