György Kurtág, György Ligeti: Music for Viola

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Kim Kashkashian's 2012 release on ECM New Series is an exploration of works for solo viola by György Kurtág and György Ligeti, two modernist composers whose experimental music is surprisingly accessible to informed listeners. Between the two of them, Kurtág created the most aphoristic and enigmatic music in "Signs, Games and Messages," and the 19 pieces are quite short some lasting under a minute, wispy, and elusive. In contrast, Ligeti's six-movement "Sonata" is bold, substantial, and assertive, with movements that are longer and more developed than Kurtág's fleeting impressions, and a melodic language that is heavily inflected with microtones. Despite the apparent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Kim Kashkashian's 2012 release on ECM New Series is an exploration of works for solo viola by György Kurtág and György Ligeti, two modernist composers whose experimental music is surprisingly accessible to informed listeners. Between the two of them, Kurtág created the most aphoristic and enigmatic music in "Signs, Games and Messages," and the 19 pieces are quite short some lasting under a minute, wispy, and elusive. In contrast, Ligeti's six-movement "Sonata" is bold, substantial, and assertive, with movements that are longer and more developed than Kurtág's fleeting impressions, and a melodic language that is heavily inflected with microtones. Despite the apparent differences in personality and expression, both Kurtág and Ligeti reveal a shared heritage, for these pieces are reminiscent of Béla Bartók, especially in the use of extended string techniques, allusions to folk melodies, and adoption of exotic scales and modes. To the extent that the music sets a particular mood, this album is mostly melancholic and brooding, and Kashkashian sustains the subdued feeling in her delicate bowing and carefully controlled dynamics. This is a fine presentation for this often overlooked instrument, and Kashkashian has showcased two important works that belong in the repertoire of every violist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 028947647294
  • Catalog Number: 001719602
  • Sales rank: 76,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In Nomine - all'ongherese, for bass clarinet - György Kurtág & Kim Kashkashian (4:39)
    Composed byGyörgy Kurtág
  2. 2 Kromatikus Feleselos, Agitato - György Kurtág & Kim Kashkashian (1:20)
    Composed byGyörgy Kurtág
  3. 3 In Memoriam Tamás Blum (Calmo, Sereno) - György Kurtág & Kim Kashkashian (2:10)
    Composed byGyörgy Kurtág
  4. 4 In Memoriam Aczél György (Largo Desolato) - György Kurtág & Kim Kashkashian (0:58)
    Composed byGyörgy Kurtág
  5. 5 H. J. Nóta (Largamente) - György Kurtág & Kim Kashkashian (1:04)
    Composed byGyörgy Kurtág
  6. 6 Kroó György in memoriam, for solo bassoon - György Kurtág & Kim Kashkashian (3:42)
    Composed byGyörgy Kurtág
  7. 7 Elakad= Szavak (Hommage A John Cage) (Molto Moderato) - György Kurtág & Kim Kashkashian (1:21)
    Composed byGyörgy Kurtág
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kim Kashkashian Primary Artist
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