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ARTIST
TITLE
Complete Works For Piano
FORMAT
2CD/SACD

LABEL
CATALOG #
NEOS 10904-5CD NEOS 10904-5CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/2/2013

Featured works: 12 Preludes (1953); Piano Sonata No. 1 (1947); Piano Sonata No. 2 (1949), Piano Sonata No. 3 (1952); Piano Sonata No. 4 (1957); Piano Sonata No. 5 (1986), Piano Sonata No. 6 (1988). Performed by Sabine Liebner, piano. "A figure who remained true to her cause, and resisted any enticement to be opportunistic, she was to remain silent in the Soviet Union for many a long year. But her spirit was never broken. Galina Ustvolskaya lived and survived in a small, constricting space. To call her music that of 'protest' would be somewhat too facile -- it was simply 'different.' The complete recording of her works by Sabine Liebner demonstrates her individuality and strict stylistic continuity, displaying too a slow progress of radicalization deep within her soul. From simple building blocks of sound she cultivates clear but complex structures; a non-military step of crotchets is changed into the tintinnabulation of bells, which finally crack." Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.