|Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin|
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra no. 1, Op. 85
Cello Concerto No. 1
Eckart Runge (Cello)
The jazzy classical modern music of the Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin (*1937) has become an insider tip on classical concert stages in recent years. During a visit to Nikolai Kapustin in Moscow ten years ago, the composer entrusted the cellist Eckart Runge with the scores of his first cello concerto op. 85, which, unlike the second, had never been performed or recorded before. This work, sparkling with energy, combines in an unprecedented way a colourful symphony with the groovy sound of the big band tradition, and the virtuosity of a Charlie Parker with the chamber-musical intimacy of a Miles Davis to a new, brilliant musical language.
With his fascinating polystilistic sound world, which certainly reflects a personal style, Alfred Schnittke is one of the 20th century composers of the 20th century that is still firmly anchored in the repertoire two decades after his death. As with Kapustin, the cello is also present in his oeuvre in a marked way. The Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 was commissioned by the City of Munich for the opening of the Gasteig Cultural Centre in 1985 / 86.