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Kim Kashkashian Plays Béla Bartók, Peter Eötvös, György Kurtág

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
If this album were a Ph.D. dissertation, it might be called "Fragmented Legacy: The 20th-Century Hungarian Viola Concerto." But thankfully, rather than an esoteric academic analysis, this is an intriguing collection of three works played beautifully by Kim Kashkashian. Béla Bartók's Viola Concerto 1945 is a classic within the small repertory of works for the violin's darker-toned cousin, but the composer died before finishing this final project. The version we have, completed and orchestrated by Tibor Serly from sketches, is obviously different from what Bartók would have produced. Still, no one would begrudge the concerto its place in the concert hall; its sumptuous ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
If this album were a Ph.D. dissertation, it might be called "Fragmented Legacy: The 20th-Century Hungarian Viola Concerto." But thankfully, rather than an esoteric academic analysis, this is an intriguing collection of three works played beautifully by Kim Kashkashian. Béla Bartók's Viola Concerto 1945 is a classic within the small repertory of works for the violin's darker-toned cousin, but the composer died before finishing this final project. The version we have, completed and orchestrated by Tibor Serly from sketches, is obviously different from what Bartók would have produced. Still, no one would begrudge the concerto its place in the concert hall; its sumptuous folk-tinged melodies, the spiritual serenity of the slow movement, and the frolicking dances of the finale are all worthy of Bartók and make a splendid showcase for the viola. Kashkashian's performance has a noble bearing that allows the fiery moments of the work to emerge as well. Younger Hungarian generations have followed up imaginatively on Bartók's initiative. György Kurtág's "Movement" which he detached from a full concerto completed in 1954 is a lyrical elegy for this somberly expressive instrument. More brightly colored and unpredictable, Peter Eötvös's "Replica," composed especially for Kashkashian and premiered in 1999, explores a world of sound more reminiscent of Pierre Boulez's music than Bartók's. Both composers have a superb advocate in Kashkashian, and Eötvös himself leads the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra in performances of great clarity and intense feeling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 028946542026
  • Catalog Number: 465420
  • Sales rank: 77,484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Viola Concerto, for viola & orchestra (completed in 1949 by Tibor Serly), Sz. 120, BB 128 - completed by Serly, Tibor - Béla Bartók & Péter Eötvös (23:34)
  2. 2 Replica, for viola & orchestra - Péter Eötvös & Péter Eötvös (14:37)
  3. 3 Movement for viola & orchestra - György Kurtág & Péter Eötvös (11:53)
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Kim Kashkashian Primary Artist
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