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.