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Kurtag & Ligeti: Music for Viola


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listen  1. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - In Nomine - all'ongherese (Damjanich emlékk?) 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Csendes sorok Dobszay Lászlónak 1:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Levél Ligeti Verának 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Zöld erd?b?l magyar nóta 1:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Kromatikus felesel?s 1:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Virág Zsigmondy Dénesnek 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - In memoriam Blum Tamás 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - In memoriam Aczél György0:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - H.J. - nóta 1:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Vagdalkozós0:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - The Carenza Jig0:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Kroó György in memoriam 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Hommage à John Cage (Elakadó Szavak) 1:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Doloroso 1:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Perpetuum mobile 1:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Jelek I0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Jelek II0:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - ?????? ?????????? ????... / Négy összefonódó test - Gerlóczy Sári kiállítására0:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Kurtág: Signs, Games And Messages For Strings - Panaszos nóta 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Ligeti: Sonata For Viola Solo - Hora lung? 5:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Ligeti: Sonata For Viola Solo - Loop 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Ligeti: Sonata For Viola Solo - Facsar 6:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Ligeti: Sonata For Viola Solo - Prestissimo con sordino 1:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Ligeti: Sonata For Viola Solo - Lamento 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Ligeti: Sonata For Viola Solo - Chaconne chromatique 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Composer: Gyorgy Kurtag, Gyorgy Ligeti
  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B008F863LY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Kim Kashkashian has long been one of the most outstanding protagonists of modern composition and this bold and subtle account of solo music by the great Hungarian composers Kurtag and Ligeti is a landmark recording. Kurtags Signs Games and Messages (1989- in progress) in its nineteen aphoristic sections is as demanding as Ligetis Sonata for viola (1991-94), but Kashkashian surmounts the very different challenges of both works, and points towards the qualities that unite these composers. As ever, she gets to the heart of the music, and unravels its secrets.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Baird VINE VOICE on January 17, 2013
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I have several ECM recordings by this artist and have never been disappointed. In addition to considerable technical prowess, Ms. Kashkashian has a great feel for difficult and challenging contemporary music. This is not dissonant and the ECM recording process brings out the sound of the viola. Very well recorded and mastered. Highly recommended for adventurous listeners.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on January 23, 2013
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This new ECM disc, recorded in May 2011, features Kim Kashkashian on solo viola performing major compositions by the Hungarian composers Gyorgy Kurtag (b. 1926) and Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006).

Kurtag's "Signs, Games and Messages for Viola Solo" (1989 - in progress) is one of Kurtag's amazing cycles of miniatures, 19 short pieces of over half an hour in total length. When I saw the first recording of this solo viola work last year, a recording by Maurizio Barbetti, I was confused, because there is also a cycle of pieces for string trio by the same name, included in the 2003 ECM disc Signs, Games and Messages. As it turns out, it is a different set of pieces entirely, not the same ones for different instrumentation.

Kashkashian traverses this characteristic Kurtag terrain with aplomb. Kurtag's gnomic, stammering language is based on Bartok and Webern, and strikes the listener as very folk music-like and deceptively simple, though it is quite challenging to play to the composer's demanding standards. Simultaneously intimate and powerful, the line ranges from grave to whimsical to humorous. Some have descriptive subtitles -- "Chromatically saucy" -- "Plaintive Tune" -- "Faltering Words" -- and the majority are dedications, some to family and friends, and one to John Cage.

If you already know you enjoy Kurtag's music, this can easily be recommended as a fine addition to his oeuvre. If you are perhaps a fan of Kashkashian's viola, but are unfamiliar with Kurtag, this might serve as a splendid introduction to one of the finest of contemporary composers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher N. Brooks on February 20, 2013
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Kashkashian's playing is so incredibly thoughtful and beautiful in these compact and compelling pieces I just listened to one of the movements of the Ligeti sonata (Loops) 4 times in a row. The tone quality of the CD is spectacular.
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