Gyorgy Kurtag, Gyorgy Ligeti: Music for Viola / Kim Kashkashian, viola

Album Summary

>Kurtág, György : In Nomine - all'ongherese, for bass clarinet
>Kurtág, György : Csendes sorok Dobszay Laszlonak (Silent Lines to Laszlo Dobszay), for viola
>Kurtág, György : Level Ligeti Veranak (Letter to Vera Ligeti), for viola
>Kurtág, György : Zold erdobol magyar nota, for viola
>Kurtág, György : Kromatikus Feleselos, Agitato
>Kurtág, György : Virag Zsigmondy Denesnek (A Flower for Denes Zsigmondy), for viola
>Kurtág, György : In Memoriam Tamas Blum (Calmo, Sereno)
>Kurtág, György : In Memoriam Aczel Gyorgy (Largo Desolato)
>Kurtág, György : H. J. Nota (Largamente)
>Kurtág, György : Vagdalkozos (Beating), for viola
>Kurtág, György : The Carenza Jig, for viola
>Kurtág, György : Kroo Gyorgy in memoriam, for solo bassoon (or cello)
>Kurtág, György : Elakad= Szavak (Hommage A John Cage) (Molto Moderato)
>Kurtág, György : Doloroso, for viola ("Garzulyeknak")
>Kurtág, György : Perpetuum mobile, for viola
>Kurtág, György : Jelek for viola no 1
>Kurtág, György : Jelek for viola no 2
>Kurtág, György : Negy osszefonodo test - Gerloczy Sari kiallitasara (Four Entwined Bodies - to the exhibition), for v
>Kurtág, György : Panaszos nota (Plaintive Tune), for viola
>Ligeti, György : Sonata for Viola solo
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

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 Kurtag and Ligeti is a landmark recording. Kurtag's Signs games and Messages (1989 - in progress) in its nineteen aphoristic sections is as demanding as Ligeti's Sonata for viola (1991-94), but Kashkashian surmounts the very different challenges of both works, and points towards the qualities that unite these composers. As ever, she gets to the heart of the music, and unravels its secrets.

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 Kurtag and Ligeti is a landmark recording. Kurtag's Signs games and Messages (1989 - in progress) in its nineteen aphoristic sections is as demanding as Ligeti's Sonata for viola (1991-94), but Kashkashian surmounts the very different challenges of both works, and points towards the qualities that unite these composers. As ever, she gets to the heart of the music, and unravels its secrets.

The Observer, September 2012
Wisps, fragments, gestures, aphorisms: it's impossible to pin down the 19 tiny pieces that make up Kurtßg'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.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Ligeti's Sonata (1991-1994) consists of six slightly more communicative movements. Like his compatriot Kurtag's work, this piece is composed of memorials and sad ruminations juxtaposed with segments of intense humor. Clear expressive modality is spiced with microtones, there are two amusingly stilted dances, a wild prestissimo scherzo, and a powerful, chromatic chaconne. The work should be standard repertoire for unusually accomplished violists. Ms Kashkashian faces up to the considerable challenges impressively, as one would expect.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
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.

MusicWeb International, January 2013
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Propstei St. Gerold (05/2011).



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Works Details

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : In Nomine - all'ongherese, for bass clarinet
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2001

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Csendes sorok Dobszay Lászlónak (Silent Lines to László Dobszay), for viola
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Levél Ligeti Verának (Letter to Vera Ligeti), for viola
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Zöld erdobol magyar nóta, for viola
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1994

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Kromatikus Feleselos, Agitato
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Virág Zsigmondy Dénesnek (A Flower for Dénes Zsigmondy), for viola
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1994

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : In Memoriam Tamás Blum (Calmo, Sereno)
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : In Memoriam Aczél György (Largo Desolato)
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Period Time: Modern

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : H. J. Nóta (Largamente)
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Vagdalkozós (Beating), for viola
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : The Carenza Jig, for viola
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Kroó György in memoriam, for solo bassoon (or cello)
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Elakad= Szavak (Hommage A John Cage) (Molto Moderato)
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Doloroso, for viola ("Garzulyéknak")
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1992

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Perpetuum mobile, for viola
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Jelek for viola no 1
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Jelek for viola no 2
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Négy összefonódó test - Gerlóczy Sári kiállítására (Four Entwined Bodies - to the exhibition), for v
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Panaszos nóta (Plaintive Tune), for viola
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Sonata for Viola solo
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991-1994