Marta Kurtag/György Kurtág: György Kurtág: Játékok

Track List

>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 8/1, No. 3A, Virág az ember (...ölelkezo hangok)
>Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (II), chorale prelude for organ á 4 (Clavier-Übung III/19), BWV 687 (BC K19)
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 5 No. 14, Preludium és Korál
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 2 No. 33, Csomók
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 2 No. 34, Antifona fiszben
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 38, Sirató 1
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 39, Hommage à Christian Wolff (Félálomban)
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 46, Felhangjáték
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 1, No. 25A, Örökmozgó (taláit tárgy)
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 8/1, No. 25B, ...és mégegyszer: Virág az ember...
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 8/1, No. 20B, Verés - Veszekedés
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 8, Tanulmány a "Hölderlin" - hez
>Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Sonatina
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 4 No. 4, Hommage à Stravinsky
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 4 No. 2, Dühös korál
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 1 No. 24, Hoquetus
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 1 No. 2A, Tenyeres
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 2 No. 23, Harangvirág
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 14, Bogáncs
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 44, Nyuszicsököny
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 41, Harmonika, Hommage à Borsody László
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 40, Hommage à Domenico Scarlatti
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 5 No. 9, Aus der Ferne, Alfred Schlee zum 80. Geburstag
>Trio Sonata for organ No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 (BC J1): 1.
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 8, Sirató 1a
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 5 No. 24, Mint az mezei viragoc...(Sirató 2) In memoriam Ligeti Ilona
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 16, Hempergös
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 50, Hommage à Kurtág Márta
>O Lamm Gottes unschuldig (VIII), chorale prelude for organ, BWV deest
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 30, Petruska idézése, Hommage à Farkas Ferenc 3
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 32, Szerelem, szerelem, játkozott gyötrelem...Hommage à Farkas Ferenc 4
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 4 No. 8, Hommage à Soproni, In memoriam matris carissimae
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 4 No. 6, Hommage à Halmágyi Mihály
>Játékok (Games), for piano: Book 3 No. 28, Foszlányok egy kolinda emlékképéböl, Hommage à Farkas Ferenc 2

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
If any contemporary composer can persuade the musical world that compositions of between 30 seconds and four minutes in length are the natural vehicle for progressive post-tonal music, that composer is Kurtág. This sequence of pieces, the longest of which lasts just over five minutes, offers a very special experience.

The disc contains a selection from his ongoing sequence of 'games' (Játékok) for solo piano and piano duet. They're a mixture of studies and tributes, not explicitly pedagogic in Mikrokosmos mode, but ranging widely in technical demands and style, from fugitive fragments, in which even the smallest element tells, to the extraordinary flamboyance of a Perpetuummobile containing nothing but glissandos. Most are sombre in tone, and even the more humorous items have a bitter side. For access to another musical world, Kurtág has included four Bach transcriptions, music whose serenity and confidence speaks immediately of utter remoteness from the real present. The performances risk over projection but they're supremely characterful, and the close-up recording reinforces the impression of music that's mesmerically persuasive in its imagination and expressiveness.

Album Notes

Personnel: György Kurtág (piano).

Liner Note Author: Peter Eötvös.

Recording information: Mozart-Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienn (07/1996).

Photographer: Rolf Hans.

Unknown Contributor Role: Stephan Schellmann.



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