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Galina Ustvolskaya: Composition No.2, Sonata No.6, Grand Duet CD

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  • Composer: Galina Ustvolskaya
  • Audio CD (5 Dec. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WERGO
  • ASIN: B005OF7X6A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
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Disc: 1

  1. Composition No. 2, 'Dies Irae' - Various Performers
  2. Sonata No. 6 - Marino Formenti
  3. Grand Duet - Rohan de Saram/Marino Formenti

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Galina Ustvolskaya - composition No. 2 "dies irae" / Sonata No. 6 / grand duet, CD
"Grand Duet" for violoncello and piano (1959) is one of the pieces created past politically enforced concessions - at that time without any prospect of a performance and a publishing house. This is why it could not be played for the first time until many years later.
After a creative hiatus of several years, the first work created was the three-part series "Compositions". To each of the three compositions, Ustvolskya added a subtitle from parts of the Latin Mass Liturgy: "Composition No. 2" (1972/73) received the addition of 'Dies irae' - just one example of the affinity of her music to spirituality: "Although my works are not religious in the liturgical sense, they are filled with a religious spirit."
Ustvolskaya's six piano sonatas composed between the end of her studies with Shostakovich in 1947 until 1988 consist mainly of one-part sequences of tones or powerful clusters of a rather percussive character - like her "Sonata No. 6". However, the piano appears in Ustvolskaya's entire oeuvre and can be seen as the alter ego of her identity as a composer.
- 1.Composition No. 2 "Dies irae" for eight double basses, wooden cube and piano
- 2. Sonata No. 6 for piano
-3.-7.Grand Duet for violoncello and piano


Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) spent her life in St Petersburg, where she studied with Shostakovich (declining a marriage proposal from him) and in turn taught composition at the conservatory. She was a reclusive figure whose mature music deals mostly in extremes. The opening work here, Composition No 2 of 1973 is for eight double basses, wooden cube and piano. Its gestures are stark, blunt, brutal, the double basses mostly functioning en masse as a kind of hammer blow. The Piano Sonata No 6 (1988) is so full of loud clusters that it often sounds as if the piano is being flayed rather than played. And the Grand Duet for cello and piano (1959) is an example of oppositional chamber music, anti-conversational, as if the performers are individuals who talk at and over each other. And yet there s something that makes it all utterly gripping. ***** --Michael Dervan, Irish Times

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