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György Kurtág (b.1926)

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Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola

Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola


Kurtág:

Signs, Games and Messages, for strings

Ligeti:

Sonata for Viola Solo


The great viola player Kim Kashkashian has long been one of the most outstanding protagonists of modern composition and this bold and subtle account of solo music by the great Hungarian composers György Kurtág and György Ligeti is a landmark recording. Kurtág’s Signs, Games and Messages (1989- in progress) in its 19 aphoristic sections is as demanding as Ligeti’s Sonata for viola (1991-94), but Kashkashian surmounts the very different challenges of the works, and points towards the qualities that unite these composers. As ever, she gets to the heart of the music, and unravels its secrets.

In his liner note, Wolfgang Sandner comments: “For twenty years Kim Kashkashian has devoted herself to Kurtág’s complex oeuvre for the viola and developed a remarkable rapport for the relation between compositional fabric and sonic nuance. In the thoughtful dramaturgical sequence of this recording, and in Kashkashian’s scrupulous reading, these Kurtág pieces, and the six movements of Ligeti’s Viola Sonata that follows them, seem like the work of a single visionary artist – conveyed in hidden signs and coded messages.”

Amongst her many notable albums for ECM New Series, Kashkashian has recorded Kurtág’s Movement for viola and orchestra (4654202) and also his Nine Pieces for Solo Viola, the early Jelek for viola, op 5, and the chamber work Hommage à R.Sch. (4379572). This is the ninth disc on the label devoted in whole or in part to Kurtág’s music.

“Each piece is beautifully crafted but collectively may be too much of a good thing, even in such a superb rendition. A disc for specialists, perhaps, but a special one.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“It's a testament to Kim Kashkashian's intellectual and digital stamina that attention never flags...The terse and dramatic music-making here is expertly realised by Kashkashian, who is fearless in her exploration of its manifold difficulties and rewards.” MusicWeb International, January 2013

“Wisps, fragments, gestures, aphorisms: it's impossible to pin down the 19 tiny pieces that make up Kurtág's Signs, Games and Messages...They are perfectly projected by the Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian...[the Ligeti] sounds massive and solid by comparison, though it is equally elusive, equally original.” The Observer, 30th September 2012

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Kurtág & Schumann: Works for clarinet, viola & piano

Kurtág & Schumann: Works for clarinet, viola & piano


Kurtág:

9 Stücke

Jelek, for solo viola, Op. 5

Hommage à Robert Schumann for clarinet, viola & piano, Op. 15d

Schumann:

Märchenbilder (4), Op. 113

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Märchenerzählungen (4) for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, Op. 132


Kim Kashkashian (viola), Eduard Brunner (clarinet), Robert Levin (piano)

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Darmstadt Aural Documents, Box 4

Darmstadt Aural Documents, Box 4

Pianists


André:

Un-fini III for piano

Ermis Theodorakis (piano)

Aperghis:

Conversation X for prepared piano and speaking

Reto Staub (piano/speaker)

Apostel:

Kubiniana, Op. 13 (1946)

Peter Stadlen (piano)

Baltakas:

Pasaka/ein Märchen for speaking pianist

Benjamin Kobler (piano /speaker)

Barden:

die Haut Anderer

Rei Nakamura (piano)

Barlow, C:

Orchideae Ordinariae, or The Twelfth Root of Truth: No. 5 L’orchidée d’argent

Orchideae Ordinariae, or The Twelfth Root of Truth: No. 7 Pandora

…until… Version 5

Kristi Becker (piano)

Bartók:

Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80

Andor Foldes (piano)

Boucourechliev:

Etudes d’après Piranèse

Claude Helffer (piano)

Boulez:

Piano Sonata No. 1

Erika Haase (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 3

Pierre Boulez (piano)

Bussotti:

La Morte di Fedra

Yvar Mikhashoff (piano)

Castiglioni:

Inizio di movimento

Niccolò Castiglioni (piano)

Clementi, A:

Composizione, No. 1

Aloys Kontarsky (piano)

Criton:

Thymes for quarter-tone piano and tape

Martine Joste (piano)

Engelmann:

Cadenza, Op. 23

Else Stock-Hug (piano)

Evangelisti , F:

proiezioni sonore

David Tudor (piano)

Febel:

Klavierstück

Edward Lambert (piano)

Ferneyhough:

Lemma-Icon-Epigram

Cecil Lytle (piano)

Ferrari, Luc:

Visage I

Else Stock-Hug (piano)

Flammer:

Klavierstück No. 3 - Passacaglia brevis

Ortwin Stürmer (piano)

Heyn:

Tap for prepared piano and live electronics

Oscar Pizzo (piano), Alessandro Pianu & Suyun Kim (live electronics)

Kagel:

An Tasten (1977)

Aloys Kontarsky (piano)

Kayn:

Quanten

Aloys Kontarsky (piano)

Killmayer:

Klavierstück Nr. 7 - Phantasie-Paraphrase

Siegfried Mauser (piano)

Krebber:

faire signe for automatic piano and loudspeaker

Kubisch:

Identikit (Divertimento) for five pianists (at one piano) and tapes

David Arden, Marek Mietelski, Davide Mosconi, Carlos Pellegrino, Werner Füsser (piano)

Kurtág:

Klavierstücke (8), Op. 3

Andor Losonczy (piano)

Lachenmann:

Echo andante (1962)

Helmut Lachenmann (piano)

Lang, K:

Der schlafende Landmann, der Baum des Lebens und die Schalen der Finsternis

Bernhard Wambach (piano)

Mack, D:

Chedi - Klavierstück No. 5

Kaya Han (piano)

Marie:

Trois pièces brêves pour piano à tiers de ton

Martine Joste (piano)

Mochizuki:

Moebius-Ring

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Poppe:

Thema mit 840 Variationen

Anna D’Errico (piano)

Rayeva:

Drawing with an Angel

Pi-Hsien Chen (piano)

Rihm:

Klavierstück No. 5 'Tombeau'

Herbert Henck (piano)

Rothman, D:

Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit

Bernhard Wambach (piano)

Saunders, J:

#070702

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Schoenberg:

Kleine Klavierstücke (6), Op. 19

Eduard Steuermann (piano)

Klavierstücke (5), Op. 23

Peter Stadlen (piano)

Sciarrino:

Prima Sonata (1976)

Peter Schmalfuss (piano)

Due Notturni crudeli

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Sessions:

From my diary

Howard Lebow (piano)

Steen-Andersen:

Rerendered

Ellen Ugelvik (piano), two assistants (members of asamisimasa)

Stiebler:

Labile Aktion

Peter Roggenkamp (piano)

Stockhausen:

Klavierstück XI

David Tudor (piano)

Klavierstück XIII - Luzifers Traum

Bernhard Wambach (piano)

Tanaka, Y:

eco lontanissima II

Massimiliano Damerini (piano)

Webern:

Variations, Op. 27

Peter Stadlen (piano)

Wolpe:

Passacaglia, Op. 23

David Tudor (piano)

Xenakis:

Evryali

Aloys Kontarsky (piano)

Zimmermann, B A:

Enchiridion for Piano: Part 2

Yvonne Loriod (piano)

Zuraj:

Matrix for player piano and electronics


Celebrating the history of the Darmstadt Festival, this 7 CD box set is dedicated to the performances of all the pianists who have performed over the years.

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Gellért Tihanyi plays Kurtág, Bartók, Faragó, Stravinsky & Reich

Gellért Tihanyi plays Kurtág, Bartók, Faragó, Stravinsky & Reich


Bartók:

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Faragó, B:

Gregor Samsa’s Desires

Kurtág:

Hommage à Robert Schumann for clarinet, viola & piano, Op. 15d

Reich:

New York Counterpoint

Stravinsky:

Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet


Gellért Tihanyi (clarinet, bass clarinet, Eb clarinet, gran cassa), Márta Kurtág (piano), Zoltán Gál (viola), János Selmeczi ( violin), Imre Rohmann (piano), Béla Faragó (piano)

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Gyorgy and Marta Kurtág Play Kurtág

Gyorgy and Marta Kurtág Play Kurtág


Kurtág:

Suite for Four Hands

Games: Hommage a Halmagyi Mihaly


Gyorgy Kurtág (piano) & Marta Kurtág (piano)

The music selected for this disc is necessarily heterogeneous, and had to meet several criteria. First and foremost, the label could only choose from what was available: the studio recordings in the archive of the Hungarian Radio, and recordings made at concerts. Since the available material was far more extensive than that finally included on this disc, another important criteria was Márta Kurtág and György Kurtág’s assessment of each recording. Recorded made by the Hungarian Radio between 1988 and 2001.

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György Kurtág: Signs, Games and Messages

György Kurtág: Signs, Games and Messages


Kurtág:

Signs, Games and Messages, for strings

Szorongòs es vigasztalòs H. J.-nek

Illés Arpadné emlékére

Mesto, lacrimoso

Misterioso – altero


Maurizio Barbetti (viola) & Gianpiero Ruggeri (baritone track 17)

This is the first complete recording of the 24 Signs, Games and Messages by Hungarian composer György Kurtág: a collection of very personal miniatures which Kurtág began writing almost 50 years ago and which he continues to add to. Many have been written, dedicated or inspired by a particular person; they pass, sometimes impertinent, sad, serene, cheerful, joyful, thoughtful or melancholic. This CD is completed by the first recordings of four other pieces for viola solo, composed in the 1990s between Budapest and Berlin. Winner of Darmstadt Preis and International Award Interpretation Iannis Xenakis in Paris, violist Maurizio Barbetti has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. New commission have been written for him by such composers as Paul Mèfano, Ennio Morricone and Luis de Pablo e Horatiu Radulescu. Barbetti is joined by baritone Gianpiero Ruggeri, who sings on “Samuel Beckett: le nain”.

“a sometimes baffling succession of prickly pizzicato and cartoonish, sweeping glissandi, demented see-saw bowing and mouse-like scurryings. Many are musical aphorisms, prompts for reflection, and quite a few are evocations of friends and influential teachers, miniature memories like the lugubrious "Letter to Vera Ligeti" and "For Imre Földes at 60", which has the poise and immobility of a zen rock-garden.” The Independent, 3rd June 2011 *****

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Harpchipelago

Harpchipelago


Hollós:

Arpercussonata

Kósa:

Miniatures

Haiku Calendar

Kurtág:

From Games

Pintér, G:

Night Piece

Pócs:

Maracanga

Sugár, M:

E-Gal

Zombola:

Institutio I/A


Erzsébet Gaál (harp), Gábor Kósa (marimba, vibraphone, percussion), Gyula Pintér & István Horváth (electrinocs)

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Hungarian Diary

Hungarian Diary


Kurtág:

Játékok (excerpts)

Ligeti:

Musica Ricercata for piano

Liszt:

Bagatelle sans tonalite, S216a c1885

Nuages gris, S199

Resignazione (1877) R. 388, S. 263


Teodoro Anzellotti (accordion)

György Kurtág heard Teodoro Anzellotti play and was sufficiently inspired to adapt his 'Játékok' [a work in progress since 1973] for accordion. From this the idea was born of creating an album with the title 'Hungarian Diary'. Kurtág's 'Games', originally inspired by the spontaneity of playing children, is joined by Ligeti's 'Musica ricercata', composed by Ligeti in Budepest 1951-3, before he left communist Hungary to live in the Western world, is a highly radical oeuvre, an experiment of minimalistic sound-and rhythm structures. Finally 'Hungarian Diary' is completed with the inclusion of works by Franz Liszt: in Hungarian 'Liszt Ferencz'. Liszt composed these compositions during the last ten years of his life and his pioneering innovations in the resolution of tonality in his late works created the impetus for Teodoro Anzellotti to record these pieces together.

Teodoro Anzellotti is one of the most important accordion players in the contemporary music scene. His musicality, virtuosity, and almost unlimited pleasure in discovery of new sounds, have inspired composers like Luciano Berio, Heinz Holliger, Mauricio Kagel, Matthias Pintscher, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, Dieter Schnebel and Jörg Widmann to create new works for the accordion.

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Hungarian Music for Wind Quintet

Hungarian Music for Wind Quintet


Kurtág:

Quintet for Winds, Op. 2

Ligeti:

Six Bagatelles for wind quintet

Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet

Orbán:

Wind Quintet

Szervánszky:

Wind Quintet No. 1


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Internationale Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik Darmstadt 1998

Internationale Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik Darmstadt 1998


André:

Un-Fini IIIa

Eric Huebner (piano)

Aperghis:

Graffitis

Isao Nakamura (percussion)

Birkenkötter:

Schwebung und Strenge

Hwa-Kyung Yim (piano)

Cage:

Ryoanji

Satoru Yaotani (hichiriki), Sukeyaso Shiba (ryûteki), Takeshi Sasamoto (ryûteki), Isao Nakamura (percussion)

Eckert, G:

Nachtschwebe

Hannover Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Kalitzke

Hosokawa:

Birds Fragments

Mayumi Miyata (sho), Isao Nakamura (percussion)

Kurtág:

Játékok

Maki Namekawa (piano)

Osborn, M R:

Arms Of Morpheus

Members of Ensemble der Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Johannes Kalitzke

Reudenbach:

Szenen, Standbilder

Quartett Avance

Sciarrino:

Perduto in una città d’acque (1991)

Massimiliano Damerini (piano)

Stiebler:

Quart plus …

Wolfgang Guttler (double bass), Bernd Noll (turntables)


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