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Ustvolskaya: Trio for Violin, Clarinet & Piano / Leeuw, Beths, Boer


Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Hathut Records   Catalog #: 194  
Composer:  Galina Ustvolskaya
Performer:  Vera BethsReinbert De LeeuwHarmen de Boer
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ustvolskaya's music is dark, somber, even remote when a solitary voice holds sway. Her rejection of easily recognizable form suggests that, metaphorically, time is not a factor; as temporal references are acutely literai, the means to escape an oppressive time and place are found in spiritual, not social, values. Similarly, the chilling sparseness of textures becomes an emotionallandscape, scarred, sometimes painfully severe, where inner strength is necessary for survival. But there is, too, especially in the Duet For Violin And Piano, a sanctity of mood (shared with the later Shostakovich, when he was obsessed with death, and where, in his final works such as the Viola Sonata and Sonata For Violin And Piano, the influence of Ustvolskaya Read more may be felt). ln moments like this, rare is the music where the human will is so immediate, so enduring. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Galina Ustvolskaya
Performer:  Vera Beths (Violin), Reinbert De Leeuw (Piano), Harmen de Boer (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 5 "In ten movements" by Galina Ustvolskaya
Performer:  Reinbert De Leeuw (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USSR 
3.
Duet for Violin and Piano by Galina Ustvolskaya
Performer:  Reinbert De Leeuw (Piano), Vera Beths (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 

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