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Elisaveta Blumina Has Recorded Ustvolskaya’s Piano Concerto

A work by the Russian composer Galina Ustvoskaya, who died in 2006, will be on the programme right at the beginning of the Hamburg Chamber Music Festival 2016 (1-14 November 2016), on 1 November in the Small Hall of the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. The pianist and artistic director of the Hamburg Chamber Music Festival, Elisaveta Blumina, has stated that Ustvolskaya is one of her favourite composers. At the opening concert, Blumina will perform Ustvolskaya‘s Trio for violin, clarinet and piano composed in 1949, together with Yuki Manuela Janke (violin) and Robert Oberaigner (clarinet). “Ustvolskaya is already quite well known in Germany, but has not yet been performed at our festival. I now have some plans for her music,” says Blumina.

These plans doubtless include the new recording on the “Grand Piano” label of Ustvolskaya’s Concerto for Piano, String Orchestra and Tympani of 1946. Blumina is accompanied here by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Thomas Sanderling. Blumina does not play the soloistic entrance in this work, with its sharply austere statement, in such a noncommittal manner as do some of her colleagues. Nonetheless, some chord sequences in this early composition by the Russian composer are indeed rather harsh. But there are also surprisingly lyrical parts, especially in the string orchestra.

Galina Ustvolskaya:
Concerto for Piano, String Orchestra and Tympani
Elisveta Blumina (piano), Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sanderling
Grand Piano GP678


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