GALINA USTVOLSKAYA (1919-2006): Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-6, 12 Preludes.
Catalogue Number: 12L012
Description: The 1953 Preludes of Shostakovich's favorite pupil still retain some hints of his stylistic traits but her sonatas, even the three which date from before the Preludes, which already show some of her characteristic mature traits of extreme registers, sharp dynamic contrasts and pounding ostinatos, take the listener to a dark, bleak world and the last three (1957, 1986 and 1988) are related by a merciless gloom, barbaric fortissimi and pounding clusters, broken now and then by a stygian silence. Not for the faint of heart! 2 CDs. Sabine Liebner (piano).