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Galina Ustvolskaja (1919-2006): Violin Sonata; Clarinet Trio; Duet for violin & piano / Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Markus Hinterhäuser, piano; Reto Bieri, clarinet

Album Summary

>Ustvolskaya, Galina : Sonata for violin & piano
>Ustvolskaya, Galina : Trio for violin, clarinet & piano
>Ustvolskaya, Galina : Duet, for violin & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
Ustvolskaya's choice of dissonance and evocative chords have a precision of aural imagination which seem to bloom in ECM's empty hall acoustic.

The Guardian, 2nd October 2014
It's possible to detect the beginnings of Ustvolskaya's unique expressive world in the Violin Sonata...The Trio...provides a snapshot of an even earlier stage in Ustvolskaya's ruthless elimination of her musical inheritance; these very fine performances project it as sharply and ferociously as anyone could want.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Kopatchinskaja - the most combative female violinst of her generation - proves an ideal exponent...Music such as this admits of no false compromise and accordingly finds soughty advocacy in Kopatchinskaja.

The unique expressiveness of the work of Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) speaks to the listener with directness and nuanced layers of sound, the powerful, rhythmic stringency of the music testifying to the relentlessness of her vision. Fiercely independent, Ustvolskaya maintained that her music sounded like the work of no other composer, living or dead, and put herself outside all stylistic "schools". Her work, said Viktor Suslin, has the "narrowness of a laser beam capable of piercing metal. Its sense of concentration is sometimes ferocious. Entering this sound-world calls for a special kind of commitment and intensity. Patricia Kopatchinskaja (recently described by Strings magazine as "the most exciting violinist in the world") and Markus Hinterhäuser play the Sonata (1952) and the Duet (1964) for violin and piano, and together with Reto Bieri, the Trio (1949) for clarinet, violin and piano, all recorded in the acoustically superb studio in Lugano which has become one of ECM's primary locations.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This is powerful stuff, certainly not for timid listeners, but is well worth the commitment. If you are brave and new to this composer's music, this is a fine place to start. Performances are outstanding.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano (03/2013).



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>Ustvolskaya, Galina : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Markus Hinterhäuser (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Ustvolskaya, Galina : Trio for violin, clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Reto Bieri (Clarinet); Markus Hinterhäuser (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Ustvolskaya, Galina : Duet, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Markus Hinterhäuser (Piano); Patricia Kopatchinskaya (Violin)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964