Russian Piano Music Vol.11: Galina Ustvolskaya | Divine Art DDA25130

Russian Piano Music Vol.11: Galina Ustvolskaya


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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDA25130

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 28th August 2015



Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) is becoming a cult figure in her native Russia and beyond. A person of intense humility, shyness and introspection, her music is the opposite: dramatic, often aggressive, with pounding rhythms that make it totally unique. “Any page of Ustvolskaya’s music is as recognisable as a Picasso brushstroke, and as deep in cultural and emotional resonance” (Andy Hamilton, International Piano).

This recording contains her entire output for solo piano. Russian pianist Natalia Andreeva has taken a special interest in the work of Ustvolskaya, beginning her ‘life-project’ in Chicago in 2006, and her PhD thesis in Piano Performance was based on the interpretation of Ustvolskaya’s music – she remains in close touch with the composer’s widower and has developed a special affinity with this unique soundworld.

Natalia currently works as Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium, Australia and regularly performs and broadcasts both there and in her native Russia.

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