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Viktoriia Vitrenko - György Kurtág: Scenes (Scenes from a Novel, Op. 19, Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4, Seven Songs, Op. 22, In memory of a Winter evening, Op. 8, Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's Sudelbücher 'Scrapbooks', Op. 37a & Hommage à Be

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György Kurtág: Scenes (Scenes from a Novel, Op. 19, Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4, Seven Songs, Op. 22, In memory of a Winter evening, Op. 8, Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's Sudelbücher 'Scrapbooks', Op. 37a & Hommage à Be

Viktoriia Vitrenko, David Grimal, Luigi Gaggero & Niek de Groot

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In the history of music, György Kurtág is a figure apart. Born in Hungary in 1926, he stood aside from the great ideological movements of his time and created his own personal language in solitude, thinking of music as he put it, "as an ongoing search". But while doggedly independent, he was also a man of culture whose language developed in the shadow of two great teachers: Bartók and Beethoven, the former following on largely from the latter. A champion of the small form, Kurtág also drew inspiration (when he wasn't revisiting them explicitly) from Bach, Schubert and Schumann.


This thrilling album offers a journey through the composer's private world, with pieces that take in song (a leitmotif of his oeuvre), violin, cimbalom and double bass – instruments of Hungarian folk tradition.


From the poetic highlights of Stsenï iz romana ("Scenes from a novel on poems by Rimma Dalos") sung in Russian, to the Homage to his friend, the painter Berényi Ferenc, this perfectly-performed recording follows the trail of a particularly secret and captivating composer. The Eight Duets for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4 are taken in hand by a Hungarian virtuoso playing one of his favourite instruments, the cimbalom, which is at once typical of Magyar culture and a link to the medieval psalter. TheSeven Songs, Op. 22 evoke Japanese haikus through their brevity and content, and conjure up the stunning final image of a snail ascending Mount Fuji. Egy Téli alkony emlékére ("In memory of a Winter evening") is a very expressive and moving rendering of long evenings spent at the fireside.


The Russian poet Rimma Dalos summed up Kurtág's personality: "Kurtág always chose the minimalist and the romantic. The poetry of the small form, the aphorism, a weightlessness which is at the same time very weighty. To speak without saying it all, to graze but not break, to penetrate without betraying." We couldn't put it better. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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György Kurtág: Scenes (Scenes from a Novel, Op. 19, Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4, Seven Songs, Op. 22, In memory of a Winter evening, Op. 8, Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's Sudelbücher 'Scrapbooks', Op. 37a & Hommage à Be

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1
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: I. Come 00:01:07

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2
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: II. From Meeting to Parting 00:00:44

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3
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: III. Supplication 00:01:24

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4
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: IV. Allow Me 00:01:06

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5
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: V. Couting-Out Rhyme 00:01:06

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6
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: VI. Dream 00:01:20

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7
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: VII. Rondo 00:03:04

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8
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: VIII. Nakedness 00:00:18

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9
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: IX. Hurdy-Gurdy Waltz 00:01:05

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10
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: X. Tale 00:01:32

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Niek de Groot, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

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11
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: XI. Again 00:01:03

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12
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: XII. Sundays 00:00:56

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Niek de Groot, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

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13
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: XIII. Visit 00:01:03

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Niek de Groot, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

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14
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: XIV. True Story 00:01:40

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15
Scenes from a Novel ('Stsenï iz romana'), Op. 19 - 15 Songs to Poems by R. Dalos: XV. Epilogue 00:01:52

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16
Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: I. Poco sostenuto 00:00:23

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17
Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: II. — 00:00:52

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18
Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: III. Risoluto 00:00:37

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Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: IV. Lento 00:01:11

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Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: V. Allegretto 00:00:44

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21
Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: VI. Vivo 00:00:31

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Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: VII. Adagio 00:01:08

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23
Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: VIII. Vivo 00:01:03

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24
Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: I. Lassan, lassudan 00:02:04

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Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: II. Egyensúly 00:00:23

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Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: III. Hol Végződik? 00:01:01

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27
Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: IV. Ajtón Lakattal 00:01:38

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28
Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: V. Labirintus 00:01:55

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29
Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: VI. Ami Megmaradt 00:01:09

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30
Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: VII. Ars poetica 00:01:47

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31
In memory of a Winter evening ('Egy Téli alkony emlékére'), Op. 8: I. Vivo 00:01:18

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32
In memory of a Winter evening ('Egy Téli alkony emlékére'), Op. 8: II. Sostenuto 00:01:53

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33
In memory of a Winter evening ('Egy Téli alkony emlékére'), Op. 8: III. Con moto, pesante 00:01:41

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In memory of a Winter evening ('Egy Téli alkony emlékére'), Op. 8: IV. Presto agitato 00:01:45

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35
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: I. Die Kartoffeln 00:00:58

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: II. Die Kuh 00:00:36

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: III. ... ein Kirchstuhl ... 00:00:26

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: IV. Alpenspitzen 00:00:25

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: V. Geständnis 00:00:24

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: VI. Kirchtürme 00:00:38

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: VII. Ein Liebhaber der klassischen Philologie 00:00:32

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: VIII. Dank 00:00:27

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: IX. Koan 00:00:57

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: X. Gebet 00:00:18

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XI. ... An die aufgehende Sonne ... 00:00:25

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XII. Ein Mädchen 00:00:22

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XIII. Dreistigkeit 00:00:20

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XIV. Die Hände 00:00:33

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XV. Verlorne Mühe 00:00:27

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50
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XVI. Ein Gourmand 00:00:55

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51
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XVII. ... Und eine neue Welt ... 00:00:34

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XVIII. Eine wichtige Bemerkung 00:00:45

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53
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XIX. Franklin, der Erfinder 00:00:36

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54
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XX. Der gute Ton 00:00:47

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55
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XXI. Touropa 00:01:34

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Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XXII. Ein merkwürdiger Gedanke 00:02:00

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Hommage à Berényi Ferenc 70 00:03:32

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Album Description

In the history of music, György Kurtág is a figure apart. Born in Hungary in 1926, he stood aside from the great ideological movements of his time and created his own personal language in solitude, thinking of music as he put it, "as an ongoing search". But while doggedly independent, he was also a man of culture whose language developed in the shadow of two great teachers: Bartók and Beethoven, the former following on largely from the latter. A champion of the small form, Kurtág also drew inspiration (when he wasn't revisiting them explicitly) from Bach, Schubert and Schumann.


This thrilling album offers a journey through the composer's private world, with pieces that take in song (a leitmotif of his oeuvre), violin, cimbalom and double bass – instruments of Hungarian folk tradition.


From the poetic highlights of Stsenï iz romana ("Scenes from a novel on poems by Rimma Dalos") sung in Russian, to the Homage to his friend, the painter Berényi Ferenc, this perfectly-performed recording follows the trail of a particularly secret and captivating composer. The Eight Duets for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4 are taken in hand by a Hungarian virtuoso playing one of his favourite instruments, the cimbalom, which is at once typical of Magyar culture and a link to the medieval psalter. TheSeven Songs, Op. 22 evoke Japanese haikus through their brevity and content, and conjure up the stunning final image of a snail ascending Mount Fuji. Egy Téli alkony emlékére ("In memory of a Winter evening") is a very expressive and moving rendering of long evenings spent at the fireside.


The Russian poet Rimma Dalos summed up Kurtág's personality: "Kurtág always chose the minimalist and the romantic. The poetry of the small form, the aphorism, a weightlessness which is at the same time very weighty. To speak without saying it all, to graze but not break, to penetrate without betraying." We couldn't put it better. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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