Friday, 19 February 2016

Kurtág is 90.

The eminent Hungarian composer György Kurtág turns 90 today, and -- it's reported by his publisher, Editio Musica Budapest -- remains hard at work on a magnum opus, the Beckett-based opera Fin de partie. In wishing him robust health, I offer in tribute a small handful of useful links, including an outstanding Jeremy Eichler profile that I'm having permanently extracted from behind the Globe paywall in Kurtág's honor.


Recommended reading:

"Hold the Mozart," Alex Ross, The New Yorker, Dec. 4, 2006

"Kurtág lifts the silence," Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 7, 2007

"The purist," Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, Nov. 11, 2007

"A guide to György Kurtág's music," Tom Service, The Guardian, March 12, 2013

"Violist Kim Kashkashian finds harmonious blend," David Weininger, Boston Globe, June 15, 2015


Recommended listening:

...concertante..., for violin, viola, and orchestra - Hiromi Kikuchi, Ken Hakii, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Jatekok, for piano duo - György & Márta Kurtág (interleaved with Bach works)

Kafka Fragments, for soprano and violin - Tony Arnold & Moses Pogossian

Kafka Fragments, for soprano and violin - Juliane Banse & András Keller

... pas à pas - nulle part ..., for baritone, string trio, and percussion - Kurt Widmer, Hiromi Kikuchi, Ken Hakii, Stefan Metz, Mircea Ardeleanu

Signs, Games, and Messages, for solo violin (or viola) - Moses Pogossian

Stele, for orchestra - Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado

12 Microludes for String Quartet (Hommage à Mihály András), for string quartet - Maxwell Quartet

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