Music: Galina Ivanovna Ustvolskaya (1919-2006): Symphony No. 5 - Amen - 2 Vid

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Ustvolskaya - Symphony No. 5 (part 1 of 2)

Galina Ivanovna Ustvolskaya (1919 -- 2006): Symphony No. 5 - Amen (1989/90), for voice, oboe, trumpet, tuba, violin and percussion (wooden cube).

The St. Petersburg Soloists; conducted by Dmitri Liss (1999).

Musicologist Elmer Schönberger wrote:

"The closing work that evening was the premiere of the composition that at the time of her death, fifteen years later, would definitively prove to be her last. It was called Fifth Symphony, but contrary to the title might suggest, it was a sombre and sparing ritual of not quite a quarter-hour, for a handful of instruments. A man dressed in black dolefully repeated the words Otche nash (Our Father). A violin played 'as though from under the ground' and de profundis rose a single unfathomably deep tuba tone. There were archaizing melodic formulas, slow-gaited rhythms, stringent trumpet trills, threatening drumrolls, a single crescendo and a panicked acceleration towards the end. Wasteland all round. Music of, as well as against, the Dark Ages of the Stalinist and post-Stalinist Soviet Union, where the Supreme Being had been declared dead by authority of the state and thereafter was, in turn, revived by artists and other troublemakers."

Ustvolskaya - Symphony No. 5 (part 2 of 2)

Music: Galina Ivanovna Ustvolskaya (1919-2006): Symphony No. 5 - Amen - 2 Vid

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