VALENTIN SILVESTROV (b.1937): Piano Sonata No. 1, ALFRED SCHNITTKE (1934-1998): Piano Sonata No. 3, EDISON DENISOV (1929-1996): 3 Preludes, ARVO PÄRT (b.1935): Piano Partita No. 2, Für Alina, GALINA USTVOLSKAYA (1919-2006): Piano Sonata No. 6, SOFIA GUBAIDULINA (b.1931): Chaconne.
Catalogue Number: 08U051
Reference: MEL CD 10 02528
Description: Of the many hundreds of works from which to choose, this selection has apparently been made to produce a nicely varied and convincing programme, that would work well in concert. The greatest rarity is the group of late, brief, Preludes by Denisov; two enigmatic, pedal-shrouded gusts of wind over the graves separated by three minutes of uncertain lyricism in simple textures. The early Silvestrov is characteristically ambiguous, two slow movements in simple, bell-like textures suggesting romanticism but viewed from a very skewed angle. Ustvolskaya's last sonata is a battering, condemnatory anti-music in fierce clustered chordal ostinati; the reverse in a way of Gubaidulina's early Chaconne with its strong, clear architectural lines; both are monolithic but one soars in polished stone while the other smashes and grinds itself into oblivion while we watch. Pärt is represented by his famous early example of tintinnabulary, new-simplicity style, and a very accomplished piece of student juvenilia, heavily influenced by Prokofiev. Schnittke's sonata is from his last period, post-second stroke, and is in the austere, hieratic, blisteringly intense style typical of his last works. Olga Andryushchenko (piano).