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Composer: Ustvolskaya, Galina (1919-2006)

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Year of birth1919
Year of death2006
NationalityRussia
Period20th century
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Marianne Schroeder astonishes in Ustvolskaya’s works for piano

Marianne Schroeder at St Peter,s Church © Lena Shkoda
Ustvolskaya’s piano pieces can be thunderous or gentle as a soft rain, but at all times Schroeder played with deliberation. Each moment carried with it its own independent world.
*****
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Ensemble Modern at the Roundhouse

George Benjamin and Ensemble Modern in rehearsal at the Roundhouse © Wigmore Hall
Bold and colourful invocations of twentieth-century classics from Ensemble Modern and composer George Benjamin.

****1
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Sounds of darkness in Cantata Profana's “Visions of Silence”

Cantata Profana © Russ Rowland

An eerie program of resonant sounds and sacred songs overtakes New York’s St Peter's Chelsea with Alvin Lucier, Salvatore Sciarrino and Galina Ustvokskaya alongside 17th-century works for an evening not short on drama.

****1
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Gergiev's masterful Münchners

Valery Gergiev conducts the Munich Philharmonic © Chris Christodoulou
A journey of emotions with the Munich Philharmonic under Gergiev resplendent in Ravel and Richard Strauss, thought-provoking in Ustvolskaya, and Behzod Abduraimov electrifying in Rachmaninov.
****1
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Liszt under inspection from Marino Formenti at the New York Phil Biennial

Marino Formenti only briefly introduced his eclectic whirlwind recital, “Liszt Inspections”, before calling out “Good luck!” and diving into one of the most attention-grabbing sequences of music that I’ve ever witnessed.
***11
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