Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhauser, Reto Bieri – Galina Ustvolskaya: Trio, Sonata, Duet (2014) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhäuser, Reto Bieri – Galina Ustvolskaya: Trio, Sonata, Duet (2014)
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Chamber music by Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya is featured on the second ECM disc by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, recently described by Strings magazine as “the most exciting violinist in the world” and winner of the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year Award.

The unique expressiveness of the work of Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) speaks to the listener with directness and nuanced layers of sound, the powerful, rhythmic stringency of the music testifying to the relentlessness of her vision. Fiercely independent, Ustvolskaya maintained that her music sounded like the work of no other composer, living or dead, and put herself outside all stylistic “schools”. Her work, said Viktor Suslin, has the “narrowness of a laser beam capable of piercing metal”. Its sense of concentration is sometimes ferocious. Entering this sound-world calls for a special kind of commitment and intensity.

Kopatchinskaja and Markus Hinterhäuser play the Sonata (1952) and the Duet (1964) for violin and piano, and together with Reto Bieri, the Trio (1949) for clarinet, violin and piano, all recorded in the acoustically superb studio in Lugano which has become one of ECM’s primary locations.

it’s possible to detect the beginnings of Ustvolskaya’s unique expressive world in the Violin Sonata…The Trio…provides a snapshot of an even earlier stage in Ustvolskaya’s ruthless elimination of her musical inheritance; these very fine performances project it as sharply and ferociously as anyone could want. – The Guardian, 2nd October 2014

Kopatchinskaja – the most combative female violinst of her generation – proves an ideal exponent…Music such as this admits of no false compromise and accordingly finds soughty advocacy in Kopatchinskaja. – Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

Ustvolskaya’s choice of dissonance and evocative chords have a precision of aural imagination which seem to bloom in ECM’s empty hall acoustic. – BBC Music Magazine, January 2015


Galina Ustvolskaya / Галина Уствольская (1919-2006)
1. Sonata for Violin and Piano (1952) 22:34

Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1949)
2. Espressivo 06:07
3. Dolce 03:56
4. Energico 06:07
5. Duet for Violin and Piano (1964) 29:20

Recorded March 2013
Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Markus Hinterhäuser, piano
Reto Bieri, clarinet