© Galina Ustwolskaja


Ustvolskaya – Radical, Mystic, Truth-Teller

Föreningen Kammarmusik, Stockholm, Sweden

Galina Ustvolskaya is perhaps the most unique and central voice of the Soviet musical avant-garde. In the midst of a totalitarian and repressive state, she created works with a deeply personal and uncompromising musical language, while also displaying strong religious themes and symbolism.

Although her work has been performed with increasing frequency throughout Europe since the 1980s, it has been virtually absent from the Scandinavian scene. To draw attention to her work, Föreningen Kammarmusik is producing and presenting a two-part project.

The first part consists of workshops and a new production for children aged 12 to 15. In the concert, Ustvolskaya's Second Symphony will be performed along with texts by Akhmatova and Alexievich, who place their music in the context of totalitarianism, censorship and freedom of speech.

In the second part of the project, four of Ustvolskaya's mature symphonies (Nos. 2-5) will be performed. Three of them will be staged for the first time in Sweden. In addition, texts by Herta Müller on the theme of artistic creation in the Soviet era will be read.

January 31, February 1 and 2, 2022
Eskilstuna, Sweden

February 5, 2022
Folkoperan, Stockholm, Sweden

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