The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (138): More Schnittke, please

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (138): More Schnittke, please


norman lebrecht

July 31, 2020

Would you ever have identified this as being by a late 20th century Russian composer?

I love you, Alfred Schnittke.


  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    I have a great admiration for the work of this composer. And he wrote a wonderful score for the film “Clowns und Kinder”: OK it’s a lot like Shostakovich, but it’s really good.

  • fflambeau says:

    You’re right, it’s nice, almost cinematic.

    But if I’m right, this kind of music is not typical of the composer. More similar is the far more dissonant and chaotic Kein Sommernachtstraum.

  • Bratsche brat says:


  • Jonah says:

    A longtime fan of Schnittke’s music, I did not recognise this, but have now discovered that it is also known as Orlando’s Theme, from music to the film ‘Fairytale of the Wanderings’.
    Thank you for the chance to hear this.

  • Harrumphrey says:

    Does the Pachelbel Canon similarly move you to tears?

    • R. Brite says:

      LOL, wish I had listened to the piece before reading this. I might not have noticed. Now it’s inescapable.

  • Gustavo says:

    More like Morricone than Schnittke.