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György Kurtág (b.1926): Kafka Fragments / Caroline Melzer, soprano; Nurit Stark, violin

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  1. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 1, Die Guten gehen im gleichen Schritt $0.99 on iTunes
  2. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 2, Wie ein Weg im Herbst $0.99 on iTunes
  3. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 3, Verstecke $0.99 on iTunes
  4. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 4, Ruhelos $0.99 on iTunes
  5. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 5, Berceuse I $0.99 on iTunes
  6. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 6, Nimmermehr "Excommunicatio" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 7, Wenn er mich immer frägt $0.99 on iTunes
  8. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 8, Es zupfte mich jemand am Kleid $0.99 on iTunes
  9. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 9, Die Weißnäherinnen $0.99 on iTunes
  10. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 10, Szene am Bahnhof $0.99 on iTunes
  11. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 11, Berceuse II. Sonntag, den 19. Juli 1910 "Hommage à Jeney" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 12, Meine Ohrmuschel $0.99 on iTunes
  13. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 13, Einmal brach ich mir das Bein "Chassidischer Tanz" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 14, Umpanzert $0.99 on iTunes
  15. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 15, 2 Spazierstöcke "Authentisch-plagal" $0.99 on iTunes
  16. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 16, Keine Rückkehr $0.99 on iTunes
  17. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 17, Stolz "1910/15. November, zehn Uhr" $0.99 on iTunes
  18. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 18, Träumend hing die Blume "Hommage à Schumann" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 1: No. 19, Nichts dergleichen $0.99 on iTunes
  20. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 2: Der wahre Weg "Hommage-message à Pierre Boulez" $0.99 on iTunes
  21. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 1, Haben? Sein? $0.99 on iTunes
  22. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 2, Der Coitus als Bestrafung "Canticulum Mariae Magdalenae" $0.99 on iTunes
  23. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 3, Meine Festung $0.99 on iTunes
  24. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 4, Schmutzig bin ich, Milena $0.99 on iTunes
  25. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 5, Elendes Leben "Double" $0.99 on iTunes
  26. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 6, Der begrenzte Kreis $0.99 on iTunes
  27. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 7, Ziel, Weg, Zögern $0.99 on iTunes
  28. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 8, So fest $0.99 on iTunes
  29. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 9, Verstecke "Double" $0.99 on iTunes
  30. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 10, Penetrant jüdisch $0.99 on iTunes
  31. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 11, Staunend sahen wir das grosse Pferd $0.99 on iTunes
  32. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 3: No. 12, Szene in der Elektrischen $0.99 on iTunes
  33. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 4: No. 1, Zu spät "22. Oktober 1913" $0.99 on iTunes
  34. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 4: No. 2, Eine lange Geschichte $0.99 on iTunes
  35. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 4: No. 3, in memoriam Robert Klein $0.99 on iTunes
  36. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 4: No. 4, Aus einem alten Notizbuch $0.99 on iTunes
  37. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 4: No. 5, Leoparden $0.99 on iTunes
  38. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 4: No. 6, in memoriam Joannis Pilinszky $0.99 on iTunes
  39. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 4: No. 7, Wiederum, wiederum $0.99 on iTunes
  40. György Kurtág — Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24, Pt. 4: No. 8, Es blendete uns die Mondnacht $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Kurtág, György : Kafka Fragments, Op. 24
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Notes & Reviews:

Gyrgy Kurtg (b. 1926) composed his Kafka-Fragmente in the mid-1980s; its forty settings of Franz Kafka text fragments remain one of his most often-performed works, commonly presented in staged versions. Many of the movements are extremely brief; in the present recording 11 of the movements are less than 0:30 long. This often highly virtuosic and demanding score is interpreted by soprano Caroline Meltzer and violinist Nurit Stark, artists with a strong commitment to contemporary music who've collaborated with composers such as Aribert Reimann, Sofia Gubaidulina and Viktor Suslin.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2016
Caroline Melzer and Nurit Stark yield nothing to previous performers in penetrating the depth and breadth of emotion that Kurtag conveys, and it helps that this is the best recorded version available, allowing their wide range of tone, colour and dynamics to be heard to full effect.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
The 40 separate fragments are divided into four groups... linked less by a definable concept than an intuitive sense of what constitutes unity within the author's bleak and fractured world-view. It is in this latter respect that Caroline Melzer and Nurit Stark make so gripping an impression - characterising the many fragmentary shards with an explosive intimacy... a likely first choice for those new to this enigmatic and intriguing work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin, Germany (10/2012).



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>Kurtág, György : Kafka Fragments, Op. 24
  • Performers: Caroline Melzer (Mezzo Soprano); Nurit Stark (Violin)
  • Running Time: 50 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern