Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Al Eisner Post by email@example.com Post by Al Eisner
As for Kurtag (whose 2:40 violin duo Ligatura... 31b is heard on the Keller duos disc) -- you might try the Keller Quartet's set of his works; though I should know the range of his oeuvre better than I do. His single opera, derived from Beckett's _Endgame_ and which premiered late last year, will be the rare item that causes a breach in my no-opera rule.
Well, I made a brief start. It seemed natural to start with his String
Quartet Opus 1. I found a performance by the Athena Quartet online.
The work is fanciful, interesting to hear, lots of odd effect, but
difficult to really grasp. Then the Keller's performance of
http://youtu.be/FzIFHJw9qmo - 12 movements in 10
minutes (but nothing like Webern's concision). I found this to be
a much more solid, structured, often intense, work, very effective in this
performance - I'll investigate more later. Thanks.
Thanks for the initial report, Al. I would have recommended the same Keller ECM CD as Steve. Now try this on for size: https://www.col-legno.com/en/shop/31870-gyoergy-kurtag-portrait-salzburg-1993. (I think you can stream it in its entirety.) And if you're still with me, there's an excellent recording of song cycles on Sony. See https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/kurtag-song-cycles. And then to Juliane Banse's fabulous recording of the Kafka Fragmente (also ECM). I've read a lot about the opera but haven't heard it yet.
Thanks. I took a quick look at the col-legno link (I'll play it
through later). I can play a track, but it doesn't seem to continue
to the next, nor is there the usual bar showing track progress or
providing some control - am I issing nsomething? (At least the performers
forn each piece can be found at Amazon.)
No, you're not missing anything: the interface is primitive, but it seems that you can listen to the entire album one track at a time. I didn't pay careful attention since I have the CDs.
... which is what I've done. While my early limited impression of
KurtÃ¡g was as rather forbidding, this is a varied program, and I
found most of it rewarding, despite audience noise and some other
sonic issues. Thanks very much for calling attention to it.
I'll add a few remarks for the benefit of Bozo and others.\, I'll add
a few remarks. Performers for each track are listed at
Note that the pianist on most of it is Kocsis, particularly impressive
in the brief Requiem for soprano and piano. Much of it is typical
miniatures, but there are several longer works. One of the two
longest is an interesting Double Concerto for piano and cello
(Kocsis and Miklos Perenyi), rather percussive, but concluding with
a wonderful lyrical section - well worth hearing this. The other is
the exceedingly strange "Samuel Beckett: What is the Word", which I
would clearly need to hear again if I want to connect.
An interesting suumary of the last work, Quasi una fantasia, is given
by Andsnes here: https://nyphil.org/watch-listen/video/1213/leif-ove-andsnes-on-kurtags-quasi-una-fantasia
While impressive on the recording, this work plainly cries out to be
heard in the concert hall.