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Ustvolskaya: Composition No.2 'Dies Irae' Sonata No.6, Grand Duet / De Saram, Marino

Ustvolskaya / Formenti / Mancini / Scodanibbio
Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 6739  
Composer:  Galina Ustvolskaya
Performer:  Fabrizio OttaviucciMarino FormentiRohan de Saram
Conductor:  Stefano Scodanibbio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludus Gravis Contrabass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the beginning of her career, Galina Ustvolskaya, today known as one of the greatest female composers of Russia, was regarded as an outsider in the Association of Composers in the former USSR. The fact that she mainly composed for the desk drawer, however, was not only due to the repressive ignorance surrounding her, but also due to creative psychological reasons: 'My work routine is considerably different from that of other composers. I write when I get into a state of grace. Afterwards, the work is left to rest for a while, and when its time has come, I will release it. When its time doesn't come, I destroy it.' 'Grand Duet' for violoncello and piano (1959) is one of the pieces created past politically enforced concessions - at that Read more 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Composition no 2 "Dies irae" by Galina Ustvolskaya
Conductor:  Stefano Scodanibbio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludus Gravis Contrabass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972-1973; USSR 
2. Sonata for Piano no 6 by Galina Ustvolskaya
Performer:  Fabrizio Ottaviucci (Piano), Marino Formenti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USSR 
3. Grand Duet for Cello and Piano by Galina Ustvolskaya
Performer:  Marino Formenti (Piano), Fabrizio Ottaviucci (Piano), Rohan de Saram (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 

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