Igor Tchetuev, pianist
Schnittke's style is immediately recognizable. Upon hearing it one can sense that there is a secret hidden in the subliminal... His three sonatas for piano are pretty late works. They were created two years apart: the Sonata No. 1 (1988) was dedicated to the pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the Sonata No. 2 (1990) was dedicated to his wife, pianist Irina Schnittke, and the Sonata No. 3 (1992) was one of his last works. These sonatas congregate with each other and they are somehow three reflections on a single theme. By listening, we could say it is a single work, a single sonata, completed three times, each time with more strength and expression. This is not surprising that these sonatas are played so rarely: those "Waters of Lethe" are hard to fathom. The world of Schnittke is that of one who conveys answers to questions only he knows through incredibly cerebral works that are, indeed, labyrinths.
As Vladimir Feltsman said, "The music of Schnittke leads us to ourselves".