Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Galina Ustvolskaya - Piano Sonatas (Markus Hinterhäuser)
Pain and anguish, in the form of six sonatas.
Very dark, atonal piano works have become a recent interest of mine, and so far this is a stand-out. The dynamic range is huge, and the slight amount of reverb on the recording suits particularly well with the overall vibe. The fragile melodies and thunderously dissonant chords create a truly disturbing atmosphere. They have done particularly well choosing the cover art.