Notes & Reviews:
György Kurtág (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.
Recording information: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin, Germany (10/2012).
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- Performers: Caroline Melzer (Mezzo Soprano); Nurit Stark (Violin)
- Running Time: 50 min. 28 sec.
- Period Time: Modern