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Signs, Games and Messages

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Signs, Games and Messages
Signs, Games and Messages


The first new album by Kurtág in six years is a major event. Kurtág was always a master of the miniature - no tone or texture, no grain of sound is wasted - but now his work is more concentrated than ever. The work on "Signs, Games and Messages" represents a pinnacle of Kurtág's art of achieving the ultimate in expression by the most minimal of means. The album is comprised of settings of Hölderlin (and Paul Celan) in the "Hölderlin-Gesänge", sung by Kurt Widmer, and of Beckett (and Sébastien Chamfort) in " ... pas à pas nulle part ...", sung by Widmer with string trio and percussion. The two song cycles are linked by the work-in-progress that gives the album its title: "Signs, Games and Messages" for strings. The three cycles recorded here and to which the distinguished interpreters gave years of intense collaboration comprise between them a total of 59 tracks, only one of which goes beyond three minutes in duration. More than any composer before him, Kurtág has mastered the art of the expressive musical aphorism or, as he self-deprecatingly puts it, "making music out of almost nothing." But as England's The Guardian said, "A whole world of expression and suggestion can be packed into these exquisite, crystalline forms." FEATURED ARTISTS Kurt Widmer: Baritone Orlando Trio Hiromi Kikuchi: Violin Ken Hakii: Viola Stefan Metz: Cello Mircea Ardeleanu: Percussion Heinrich Huber: Trombone David LeClair: Tuba


  1. Name
  2. An...Hommage A D.E. Sattler
  3. Im Walde Fur Georg Kroll
  4. Gestalt Und Geist Col Trombone E Tuba Hommage A Alexander Polzin
  5. An Zimmern Fur Reinhart Meyer-Kalkus
  6. Der Spaziergang Fur Heinz Holliger
  7. Paul Celan: Tubingen, Janner Robert Klein In Erinnerung
  8. Virag Az Ember, Mijakonak
  9. Im Volkston (Nepdalfele) Horvath Juditnak
  10. Hommage A J.S.B.
  11. Zank-Kromatisch
  12. The Carenza Jig
  13. Ligatura Y
  14. Jelek (Signs) I Szekacs Janosnak
  15. Jelek (Signs) II Szekacs Janosnak
  16. Klagendes Lied (Panaszos Nota)
  17. Jelek (Signs) III
  18. Eine Blum Fur Denes Zsigmondy In Memoriam Anneliese Nissen-Zsigmondy
  19. In memoriam Tamas Blum
  20. Perpetuum Mobile A Vadas Agnesnek
  21. Perpetuum Mobile B
  22. Hommage A John Cage
  23. Schatten Perrenyi Miklosnak
  24. Jelek (Signs) I Perenyi Miklosnak
  25. Janos Pilinszky: Gerard De Nerval Kocsis Zoltannak
  26. Virag Az Ember, Mijakonak
  27. Introduzione
  28. ...Pas A Pas-nulle Part...
  29. Le Nain Hommage A Roland Moser
  30. Octave Message A Pierre Boulez
  31. ...Le Tout Petit Macabre-Ligetnik...Imagine...
  32. Octave (Double) A Isabelle Kurtag
  33. Ecoute-Les
  34. Berceuse Hommage A Heinz Holliger
  35. Intermezzo I
  36. ...D'ou La Voix...
  37. Elles Viennent...Hommage A Gosta Neuwirth
  38. Reve Hommage A Henri Pousseur
  39. Apparition A Jehuda Elkana
  40. Fous...A Anne-Marie Brunner
  41. Fin Fond De Neant...Hommage A Erik Satie
  42. En Face Le Pire...
  43. Inventaire Hommage A Jan Van Vlijmen
  44. Intermezzo II
  45. Dieppe Hommage A Francois Sulyok
  46. La Calma
  47. Intermezzo III
  48. Mouvement
  49. De Pied Ferme...
  50. ...Levons L'ancre...
  51. Du Coeur De L'homme.../How Hollow Heart
  52. Sleep...
  53. Oblivion, Sweet Oblivion Hommage A Christian Wolff
  54. 'Lasciate Ogni Speranza'
  55. A Shocking Case
  56. Valse Hommage S Helmut Lachenmann
  57. Intermezzo IV - Pizzicato Keringo Hommage A Ranki Gyorgy
  58. Meditation
  59. ...Une Decouverte Bouleversante
  60. Asking For Salve And Solace Hommage A Merran Joy Poplar
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