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György Kurtág: Complete Works For Ensemble And Choir

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This fine, triple-CD collection of music by Hungarian composer György Kurtág is titled with uncharacteristic imprecision by ECM: it is a collection not of works for ensemble and choir, but of ensemble, vocal, and choral works. As such, it covers a good many of the milestones of this composer's output, which hovered for many years between western Europe and the East Bloc scene, covering developments from the sparse text-setting of the earlier major song sets to the newer accessibility that were explored by other composers, but maintaining a distinctive voice all the while. The performances were painstakingly rehearsed, sometimes under the supervision of Kurtág himself. The set could easily serve as a basic Kurtág entry in a library of contemporary music, but in places it's much more than that. Get your hands on the best piece of sound equipment you can, and sample one of the pieces on CD 2 bearing the notation that the instruments should be "dispersed in space," perhaps Samuel Beckett: What Is the Word, Op. 30b. Beyond the novelty of hearing Beckett in Hungarian, and the usefulness of addressing the importance of the minimalist Irish playwright in Kurtág's own thinking, you get ECM's engineering at its most awesome, as nearly as possible reproducing the sense of space that a physical performance would have had. An ambitious release that lives up to its aims; highly recommended.
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Four Capriccios, Op. 9 (György Kurtág)

1
Paris I: Musée de Cluny: La Dame à la Licorne
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:36

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Istvan Balint, Author - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

2
Paris II: Tour Saint-Jacques
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:02:35

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Istvan Balint, Author - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

3
Nyelvlecke
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:49

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Istvan Balint, Author - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

4
Ars Poetica
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:02:39

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Istvan Balint, Author - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Four Songs To Poems By János Pilinszky (György Kurtág)

5
Alkohol
Harry Van Der Kamp
00:02:56

Harry van der Kamp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - János Pilinszky, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Four Songs To Poems By János Pilinszky, Op. 11 (György Kurtág)

6
In Memoriam F.M. Dosztojevszkij
Harry Van Der Kamp
00:01:24

Harry van der Kamp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - János Pilinszky, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

7
Hölderlin
Reinbert de Leeuw
00:00:42

Harry van der Kamp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - János Pilinszky, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

8
Verés
Harry Van Der Kamp
00:02:58

Harry van der Kamp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - János Pilinszky, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

9
Kurtág: Grabstein für Stephan, Op. 15c
Asko/Schönberg
00:09:18

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Messages Of The Late Miss R.V. Troussova, Op. 17 / I. Loneliness (György Kurtág)

10
In A Space Of ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:46

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

11
The Day Has Fallen
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:02:32

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Messages Of The Late Miss R.V. Troussova, Op. 17 / II. A Little Erotic (György Kurtág)

12
Heat
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:45

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

13
Two Interlaced Bodies ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:03:17

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

14
Why Should I Not Squeal Like A Pig
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:41

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

15
Chastushka
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:15

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Messages Of The Late Miss R.V. Troussova, Op. 17 / III. Bitter Experience - Delight And Grief (György Kurtág)

16
You Took My Heart
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:36

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

17
Great Misery
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:19

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

18
Pebbles
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:56

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

19
A Slender Needle
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:49

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

20
I Know My Loved One ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:54

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

21
Autumn Flowers Fading ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:35

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

22
In You I Seek My Salvation ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:34

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

23
Your Disappearances ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:04

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

24
Without You
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:23

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

25
Love Me ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:43

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

26
Retaliation
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:40

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

27
A Plaything
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:58

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

28
Why Did You Utter ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:33

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

29
In The Cloudburst ...
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:00:44

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

30
For Everything ... (Epilogue)
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:17

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Rimma Dalos, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

...quasi una fantasia..., Op. 27/1 (György Kurtág)

31
Introduzione
Tamara Stefanovich
00:01:51

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Tamara Stefanovich, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

32
Presto minaccioso e lamentoso (Wie ein Traumeswirren)
Tamara Stefanovich
00:01:32

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Tamara Stefanovich, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

33
Recitativo. Grave, disperato
Tamara Stefanovich
00:01:50

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Tamara Stefanovich, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

34
Aria - Adagio molto
Tamara Stefanovich
00:03:46

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Tamara Stefanovich, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Double Concerto, Op. 27/2 (György Kurtág)

35
I. Poco allegretto - II. L'istesso tempo (quasi più mosso) - III. Presto agitato
Tamara Stefanovich
00:10:50

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Tamara Stefanovich, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

36
IV. Adagio - Largo
Tamara Stefanovich
00:07:09

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Tamara Stefanovich, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

37
Kurtág: Samuel Beckett: What Is The Word, Op. 30b
Reinbert de Leeuw
00:16:22

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, ComposerLyricist - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerrie de Vries, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Songs Of Despair And Sorrow, Op. 18 (György Kurtág)

38
So Weary, So Wretched ...
Asko/Schönberg
00:03:25

Netherlands Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mikhail Jurjewitsch Lermontov, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

39
Night, An Empty Street, A Lamp, A Drug-Store
Netherlands Radio Choir
00:06:13

Netherlands Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Alexander Blok, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

40
Blue Evening
Netherlands Radio Choir
00:01:38

Netherlands Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sergey Esenin, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

41
Where Can I Go To In This January?
Reinbert de Leeuw
00:02:34

Netherlands Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Osip Mandelstam, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

42
Crucifixion
Asko/Schönberg
00:02:50

Netherlands Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Anna Akhmatova, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

43
It's Time
Reinbert de Leeuw
00:02:48

Netherlands Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marina Tsvetaeva, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Songs To Poems By Anna Akhmatova, Op. 41 (György Kurtág)

44
Pushkin
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:01:30

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Anna Akhmatova, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

45
To Aleksandr Blok
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:02:50

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Anna Akhmatova, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

46
Dirge
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:03:34

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Anna Akhmatova, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

47
Voronezh
Natalia Zagorinskaja
00:03:36

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Anna Akhmatova, Author - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Zagorinskaja, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

48
Kurtág: Colindă-Baladă, Op. 46
Yves Saelens
00:17:16

Netherlands Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yves Saelens, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gyorgy Kurtag, ComposerLyricist - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Brefs Messages, Op. 47 (György Kurtág)

49
Fanfare
Asko/Schönberg
00:01:11

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

50
Versetto: Temptavit Deus Abraham
Asko/Schönberg
00:01:11

Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

This fine, triple-CD collection of music by Hungarian composer György Kurtág is titled with uncharacteristic imprecision by ECM: it is a collection not of works for ensemble and choir, but of ensemble, vocal, and choral works. As such, it covers a good many of the milestones of this composer's output, which hovered for many years between western Europe and the East Bloc scene, covering developments from the sparse text-setting of the earlier major song sets to the newer accessibility that were explored by other composers, but maintaining a distinctive voice all the while. The performances were painstakingly rehearsed, sometimes under the supervision of Kurtág himself. The set could easily serve as a basic Kurtág entry in a library of contemporary music, but in places it's much more than that. Get your hands on the best piece of sound equipment you can, and sample one of the pieces on CD 2 bearing the notation that the instruments should be "dispersed in space," perhaps Samuel Beckett: What Is the Word, Op. 30b. Beyond the novelty of hearing Beckett in Hungarian, and the usefulness of addressing the importance of the minimalist Irish playwright in Kurtág's own thinking, you get ECM's engineering at its most awesome, as nearly as possible reproducing the sense of space that a physical performance would have had. An ambitious release that lives up to its aims; highly recommended.
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The Italian violinist and conductor Fabio Biondi, notably famous for his rendition of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi with his ensemble Europa Galante, is one of the musicians who actively spurns the idea of separating and compartmentalising music. We take a look back at the career of one of the most versatile and open-minded classical musicians of our time, and an essential figure of baroque violin.

Max Richter, Neo-classical Activist

With the release of his new album Exile, a reflection on exile with the Baltic Sea Orchestra, the iconoclast and prolific pioneer of the neo-classical movement confirms his status as one of the most ideologically committed artists out there. Melding classical and electronic music, physical and emotional worlds, he produces instrumental works of rare evocative power.

Neoclassicism: The New World Between Classical Music and Electro

Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Poppy Ackroyd, Peter Broderick, Joana Gama... In recent years, these popular names have all been grouped under the vast and imprecise label "neoclassical". In truth, this "scene" looks more like a motley crew of curious artists who mix classical instruments with electronic production. Drawing influence from American minimalism, these musicians tantalise the senses and expand horizons on both sides of the musical spectrum.

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