Chief Conductor of the WDR Funkhausorchester
Artistic Director of the Europäische Filmphilharmonie
The recording - Alfred Schnittke: Film Music Vol. 5 with Rundfunkchor Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Frank Strobel. Capriccio C5350 (Naxos) was awarded the Quarterly Prize 1/22 of the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics' Award).
A place on the Best List is awarded quarterly to the best and most interesting new releases of the previous three months. Evaluation criteria are artistic quality, repertoire value, presentation and sound quality.
The rationale: For twenty-five years now, conductor Frank Strobel has been fulfilling a fervent wish of the Russian-German composer Alfred Schnittke: he arranges concert suites from his film music and records them with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Strobel snatches sketch after sketch from the archives, he assembles them into a sounding legacy. A special relationship of trust during Schnittke's lifetime and a labour of love for his legacy, in which a fascinating personality is reflected: warm-hearted, ironic, playful - as in Vol. 5 of this unique film music series. For the jury: Ulrich Amling