Complete Works For Ensemble And Choir (3CD)

Gyorgy Kurtag

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Genre
Classical, Choral
Label
ECM New Series
Released
June 23, 2017

Format: Compact Disc

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Recorded in Amsterdam's Musikgebouw and Haarlem's Philharmonie between March 2013 and July 2016, this 3-CD set is a milestone in the documentation of Hungarian composer György Kurtág's work and also a labour of love. It brings together all of Kurtàg's works for ensemble and for ensemble and choir.

The insightful and precise performances bear witness to extensive preparation by the dedicated Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble. Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw speaks of "learning Kurtág's oeuvre step by step, and performing these pieces repeatedly over a period of twenty years."

De Leeuw consulted extensively with György and Márta Kurtág before and after each session: "There were moments when I was overwhelmed at first hearing", says the famously-demanding Kurtág, "and we could embrace the result immediately. But sometimes we were critical. The fact that Reinbert always listened to our remarks and re-recorded fragments or even whole pieces makes this publication authentic."

Works heard here are presented in chronological order of composition, beginning with the Four Capriccios (1959-1970, rev. 1993) and continuing with Four Songs to Poems by János Pilinszky (1975), Grabstein für Stephan (1978-79, rev. 1989), Messages of the late Miss R. Troussova (1976-80), ?quasi una fantasia? (1987-88), Op. 27 No. 2 Double Concerto (1989-90), Samuel Beckett: What is the Word (1991), Songs of Despair and Sorrow (1980-1994), Songs to Poems by Anna Akhmatova (1997-2008), Colinda-Balada (2010), and Brefs Messages (2011).

The extensive CD booklet includes all song texts with translations, an interview with Reinbert de Leeuw, liner notes by Wolfgang Sandner and Paul Griffiths, and a statement by György Kurtág.

Personnel: Asko | Schoenberg Ensemble, Netherlands Radio Choir, Natalia Zagorinskaya (soprano), Gerrie de Vries (mezzo-soprano), Yves Saelens (tenor), Harry van der Kamp (bass), Jean-Guihen Queyras (violoncello), Elliott Simpson (guitar), Tamara Stefanovich (piano), Csaba Király (pianino, spoken word), Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor).

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Key Value
Catalogue number 4812883
Barcode 0028948128839
Number of items 3
Packaging type Slip Sleeve
Imported No
Weight 195g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 17mm x 126mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Four Capriccios Op. 9 to poems by István Bálint for soprano and ensemble: Paris I: Musée de Cluny: La Dame à la Licorne -
2. Four Capriccios Op. 9: Paris II: Tour Saint Jacques -
3. Four Capriccios Op. 9: Nyelvlecke (Language lesson) -
4. Four Capriccios Op. 9: Ars Poetica -
5. Four Songs to Poems by Janos Pilinszky Op.11 for baritone or bass and chamber ensmelbe: Alkohol -
6. Four Songs to Poems by János Pilinszky Op.11: In Memoriam F.M. Dosztojevszkij -
7. Four Songs to Poems by János Pilinszky Op.11: Hölderlin -
8. Four Songs to Poems by János Pilinszky Op.11: Verés -
9. Grabstein für Stephan Op. 15c for guitar and groups of instruments dispersed in space -
10. Messages of the late Miss R. Troussova Op.17 to 21 poems by Rimma Dalos for soprano and chamber ensemble: I Loneliness: In a space of ... -
11. I Loneliness: The day has fallen … -
12. II A Little Erotic: Heat -
13. II A Little Erotic: Two interlaced bodies … -
14. II A Little Erotic: Why should I not squeal like a pig … -
15. II A Little Erotic: Chastushka -
16. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: You took my heart … -
17. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: -
18. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: Pebbles -
19. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: A slender needle -
20. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: I know my loved one … -
21. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: Autumn flowers fading … -
22. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: In you I seek my salvation … -
23. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: Your disappearances … -
24. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: Without you -
25. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: Love me -
26. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: Payment -
27. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: A plaything -
28. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: Why did you utter … -
29. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: In the cloudburst … -
30. III Bitter Experience – Delight and Grief: For everything … -

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. ...quasi una fantasia... Op. 27 No.1 for piano and groups of instruments dispersed in space: Introduzione. Largo -
2. ...quasi una fantasia... Op. 27 No.1: Presto minaccioso e lamentoso (Wie ein Traumeswirren) Molto agitato, Sempre pppp -
3. ...quasi una fantasia... Op. 27 No.1: Recitativo. Grave, disperato -
4. ...quasi una fantasia... Op. 27 No.1: Aria – Adagio molto. Lontano, calmo, appenia sentito -
5. Op. 27 No. 2 [Double Concerto] for piano, cello and two chamber ensembles dispersed in space: I Poco allegretto / II L’istesso tempo (quasi più mosso) / III Presto agitato -
6. Op. 27 No. 2 [Double Concerto]: IV Adagio – Largo -
7. Samuel Beckett: What is the word Op. 30b for alto solo, voices and chamber ensembles dispersed in space -

Disc 3

Track Listing — Disc 3

Song Title Time
1. Songs of Despair and Sorrow Op. 18 Six choruses to poems by Mikhail Lermontov, Aleksandr Blok, Sergei Esenin, Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetayeva for double mixed choir with instruments, in Russian: So weary, so wretched ... -
2. Songs of Despair and Sorrow Op. 18: Night, an empty street, a lamp, a drug-store -
3. Songs of Despair and Sorrow Op. 18: Blue evening -
4. Songs of Despair and Sorrow Op. 18: Where can I go in this January? -
5. Songs of Despair and Sorrow Op. 18: Crucifixion -
6. Songs of Despair and Sorrow Op. 18: It's time -
7. Songs to Poems by Anna Akhmatova Op. 41 for soprano and ensemble, in Russian: Pushkin, for soprano solo -
8. Songs to Poems by Anna Akhmatova Op. 41: To Aleksandr Blok, for soprano solo -
9. Songs to Poems by Anna Akhmatova Op. 41: Dirge - Alexandr Blok's funeral for soprano and instruments -
10. Songs to Poems by Anna Akhmatova Op. 41: Voronezh for soprano and ensemble -
11. Colinda-Balada Op. 46 for tenor solo, chorus and chamber ensemble -
12. Brefs Messages Op. 47 for small ensemble: Fanfare -
13. Brefs Messages Op. 47: Versetto: Temptavit Deus Abraham -
14. Brefs Messages Op. 47: Ligatura Y -
15. Brefs Messages Op. 47: Bornemisza Péter: Az hit… -