Oleg Malov, Dmitri Liss – Galina Ustvolskaya – Piano Concerto, Symphony No. 1 (2001)

Composer: Galina Ustvolskaya

Composition: Piano Concerto, Symphony No. 1

Performers: Oleg Malov, Dmitri Liss, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

Released: Megadisc / 2001

Sourse of information: Allmusic.com Buy on Amazon

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As a student of Dmitry Shostakovich, Galina Ustvolskaya absorbed many aspects of his techniques and expressions into her bracing, resilient music, yet developed a personal language that became more pronounced in her mature, avant-garde work. The Piano Concerto (1946) and the Symphony No. 1 (1955) are quite plainly indebted to Shostakovich, and as early works, do not bear many signs of divergence from his identifiable brand of modernism, his austere style of orchestration, or his modified tonality. If anything, these works seem like competent imitations of the older composer’s music in almost all matters except harmony; Ustvolskaya’s strident and dense chords are decidedly unlike Shostakovich’s, and anticipate some of the harsher textures and abrasive sonorities to come later in her work. These recordings by pianist Oleg Malov and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitry Liss, are adequate for appreciating Ustvolskaya’s developing style, and perhaps worthwhile as something rarely encountered in the West. But because the music in the Piano Concerto seems simplistic, amateurish, and unexciting, and the symphony almost too severe, slow, and dreary — the two uncredited boy sopranos become quite tedious, even after a short time — this is not a particularly enjoyable album. Megadisc’s sound quality is decent, but not especially appealing in its flatness and dull colors.  (source: Allmusic)

Oleg Malov – piano
The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra
Dmitri Liss – conductor

01. Pianoconcerto (1946)
Oleg Malov – piano

Symphony No. 1 (1955)
for orchestra and two boy voices, on verses by Gianni Rodari
Canto 1 Boris Pinkhasovitch, Canto 2 Pavel Semagin
02. Part I
03. Part II
04. Ciccio
05. Merry-go-round
06. Saturday Night
07. The Boy from Modena
08. Buy Jumble”
09. Waiting room
10. When the Chimneys Die
11. Sun !
12. Part III

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