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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. The Seven 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

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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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

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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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2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist

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19
Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: IV. Lento
00:01:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist

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20
Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4: V. Allegretto
00:00:44

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist

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22
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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - David Grimal, Artist, MainArtist - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

25
Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: II. Egyensúly
00:00:23

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

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26
Seven Songs ('Hét Dal'), Op. 22: III. Hol Végződik?
00:01:01

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

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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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Luigi Gaggero, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

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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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34
In memory of a Winter evening ('Egy Téli alkony emlékére'), Op. 8: IV. Presto agitato
00:01:45

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

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Niek de Groot, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Niek de Groot, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

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

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Niek de Groot, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

38
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: IV. Alpenspitzen
00:00:25

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39
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: V. Geständnis
00:00:24

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40
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: VI. Kirchtürme
00:00:38

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41
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: VII. Ein Liebhaber der klassischen Philologie
00:00:32

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42
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: VIII. Dank
00:00:27

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43
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: IX. Koan
00:00:57

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44
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: X. Gebet
00:00:18

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45
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XI. ... An die aufgehende Sonne ...
00:00:25

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46
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XII. Ein Mädchen
00:00:22

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2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

47
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XIII. Dreistigkeit
00:00:20

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Niek de Groot, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

2019 audite Musikproduktion 2019 audite Musikproduktion

48
Several Movements from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's 'Scrapbooks' ('Sudelbücher'), Op. 37a: XIV. Die Hände
00:00:33

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Niek de Groot, Artist, MainArtist - Viktoriia Vitrenko, Artist, MainArtist

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49
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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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. The Seven 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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