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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 Lászlónak (Silent Lines to László Dobszay), for viola
>Kurtág, György : Levél Ligeti Verának (Letter to Vera Ligeti), for viola
>Kurtág, György : Zöld erdobol magyar nóta, for viola
>Kurtág, György : Kromatikus Feleselos, Agitato
>Kurtág, György : Virág Zsigmondy Dénesnek (A Flower for Dénes Zsigmondy), for viola
>Kurtág, György : In Memoriam Tamás Blum (Calmo, Sereno) (Signs, Games and Messages)
>Kurtág, György : In Memoriam Aczél György (Largo Desolato)
>Kurtág, György : H. J. Nóta (Largamente)
>Kurtág, György : Vagdalkozós (Beating), for viola
>Kurtág, György : The Carenza Jig, for viola (Signs, Games and Messages)
>Kurtág, György : Kroó György in memoriam, for solo bassoon (or cello)
>Kurtág, György : Elakad= Szavak (Hommage A John Cage) (Molto Moderato)
>Kurtág, György : Doloroso, for viola ("Garzulyéknak")
>Kurtág, György : Perpetuum mobile, for viola
>Kurtág, György : Jelek for viola no 1
>Kurtág, György : Jelek for viola no 2
>Kurtág, György : Négy összefonódó test - Gerlóczy Sári kiállítására (Four Entwined Bodies - to the
>Kurtág, György : Panaszos nóta (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.

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

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

>Kurtág, György : 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

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

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

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

>Kurtág, György : 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

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

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

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

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

>Kurtág, György : The Carenza Jig, for viola (Signs, Games and Messages)
  • Performer: Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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