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Kurtág/Játékok: Bach Transcriptions [CD]

György Kurtág, Marta Kurtag Audio CD
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  • Performer: Márta Kurtág
  • Composer: György Kurtág, Johann Sebastien Bach
  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B0000266O8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blumen die Menschen, nur Blumen...(...sich umschlingende Tone) - Johann Sebastian Bach
2. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (BWV 687) - In memoriam Joannis Pilinszky
3. Praludium und Choral
4. Knoten
5. Antiphone in fis
6. Klagegesang 1
7. Hommage a Christian Wolff
8. Spiel mit Obertonen
9. Prepetuum mobile (objet trouve)
10. ...und noch einmal: Blumen die Menschen...
11. Schlage-Zank
12. Studie zu 'Holderlin'
13. Sonatina aus 'Actus tragicus' (BWV 106): Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
14. Hommage a Strawinsky: Glocken
15. Zorniger Choral
16. Hoquetus
17. Mit den Handflachen
18. Glockenblume
19. Distel
20. Haschen Trotzig
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CD M.&G.Kurtag

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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A splash of water for the mind 4 Sep 2001
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Crystalline harmonies and distilled thought abound in György Kurtág's imaginative world. His music is by turns dark and obsessive, light and playful. Kurtág hints at Wagnerian proportions using Webern's tiny language. The obvious brevity of the music performed here - so magically by the Keller Quartet - is of little importance: the music has a resonance that lasts long after hearing it. This disc is an ideal way into the music of a sometimes stark and witty mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary music superbly played 4 Mar 2002
By Andrew Hingston - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the finest CDs of contemporary piano music I have ever heard. The music is spare, fragmented, and frequently "empty" -- not empty of content, but empty in the way the Grand Canyon is empty. Not knowing very much about Zen I will still venture to say that Kurtag's music has Zen-like qualities of intense concentration, absence of ornamentation for it own sake, quietude, rigorousness, micro- and macro-scopic examination of its subject, seriousness offset with moments of whimsy, and even, though how I know this I don't know, morality. Not prudery, but real morality. This is music that grapples, as much as music ever can, with the Big Problems. Death, love, loyalty and rememberance are frequent themes. There is a deeply religious, almost monastic, quality to much of the music. It is therefore perfectly fitting that the recording is held up by four columns -- four transcriptions of Bach chorales, at least two of which are among the finest transcriptions of these much transcribed works as I have ever heard (easily in a class with Busoni, Kempff and Hess). For Bach lovers alone this is a great recording to have. Ditto for lovers of contemporary music. For Bach lovers who also love contemporary music, this is an essential recording -- not to be missed. Outstanding in every respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jewel-like modernist piano music 11 Dec 2002
By peter-from-la - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my favorite piano music recordings. Kurtag's piano pieces, each dedicated to a friend or hero, are like miniature musical portraits composed by a master artist. They are tiny, intricate, and gestural. His music tends toward the aphoristic, saying a lot with very few notes. Some pieces are less than a minute long. And yet they have the feel of the eternal about them. The sound is beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Játékok (Games): A Well Named Collection 22 Sep 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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György Kurtág keeps us guessing and entertained with his ingenious thoughts about music in our time. This marvelous CD is devoted to his piano music and both the composer and his wife Marta Kurtág perform these very brief encounters with sound in a manner in which they are aptly called 'Games'. Among the sequences are brief homages to Stravinsky, Scarlatti, Ligeti, Farkas Ferenc as well as moments of variations on Bach chorales. The placement of these pieces is well conceived: there are I believe 8 books of these 'Games' and in some ways they are similar to Béla Bartók's 'Mikrokosmos', except instead of leading the pianist (and listener) through pieces requiring progressive virtuosity, they instead must lead the player's ear through more and more advanced manipulation of sounds and silences.

Some of the pieces are a matter of a few notes, others hammer the keyboard in percussive strokes, some pieces are homages to Marta and are played by the dedicatee alone. Just when the listener thinks there can not more creativity available from Kurtág he and his wife break into another immaculate transcription of Bach to let the palette settle. This is a satisfying program in every way. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars A loving recital of highly varied piano miniatures and Bach transcriptions 28 Dec 2009
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
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This disc where Gyorgy Kurtag and his wife Marta performs his "Jatekok" piano pieces and Bach transcriptions, either alternating in the solo works or playing together four-hands, is one of the little gems of the label ECM New Series. The listener reading the liner notes will be confounded at the amount of tracks on the disc, for Kurtag's music consists mainly of miniatures. How is one supposed to properly absorb all these pieces, you might wonder. Well, just sit back and treat this disc as the recital it is.

The disc opens with "Virag az ember", the motto of the "Jatekok" cycle. It consists only of eight notes, but makes a complete musical statement with its resolution of dissonance and ending on the tonic B-flat. When performed four-hands by the Kurtags, the hands cross, emphasizing in a heartwarming fashion that this is a couple still deeply in love after so many decades. This is followed by the sublime tones of Bach's chorale "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" BWV 687. Then we move into the main body of the recital.

The "Jatekok" cycle began as instructional pieces for children, intended more to allow them to discover the piano for themselves than go through traditional drills. In the course of several books over four decades, however, it has grown to include a great many more substantial pieces, often hommages to acquaintances of the composer. Kurtag's music is never Darmstadt abstraction, but it can be knotty, and there are even some moments of conflict like the amusing "musical quarrel" that the Kurtags play together with all their experience of a couple's loving bickering. The Bach transcriptions, on the other hand, bring a sense of heavenly piece in between the more earthly "Jatekok" pieces.

If you build up a collection of Kurtag recordings and memorabilia, you'll soon recognize the various individual Jatekok pieces, as they show up in a lot of places. This is thus a disc to come back to again and again as you explore this great composer's output. Perhaps a better introduction to Kurtag's music for the complete beginning is his string quartets, but you're unlikely to be disappointed if you pick up this ECM release soon after.
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 18 Mar 2013
By p0km - Published on Amazon.com
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could listen - DO listen to this over and over.
beautiful and intelligent music
have bought this as gifts for music friends who would never know about it
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