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Gyorgy Kurtag - Complete Choral Works (2006)

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Gyorgy Kurtag - Complete Choral Works (2006)

Gyorgy Kurtag Complete Choral Works (2006)
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Classical/20th Century | Label: hänssler CLASSIC \ Cat.: 93174 | RS/MU

In its concision and intensity, György Kurtág’s choral music pursues a similar approach to his instrumental work. All three cycles were begun during 1979-81, though the process of completion was very different. Omaggio a Luigi Nono (1981) evolved quickly, perhaps because expressive consistency overrides technical diversity – the cycle centring on texts by Rimma Dalos that paraphrase earlier sources so as to reinforce their sentiments by seeming to contradict them. In their relative purity as choral music, they differ markedly from Eight Choruses, to poems by Dezso Tandori (1984) – aphorisms posing as riddles, embodied in writing that evokes a near-orchestral range of sonority, an “instrumentation” that is made graphic in Songs of Despair and Sorrow (1994). These settings of mainly short-lived Russian poets embody some of Kurtag’s most plangent writing, aided by an ensemble – two harmoniums and four bayans (Russian accordions) alongside brass, strings and percussion – remarkable for the way it is subsumed into the chorus as if an extension of that being communicated.

From AllMusic Guide (USA)
Kurtag's choral music is recognizably the product of the same imagination that produced his exquisite vocal miniatures, the cycles Scenes from a Novel and Messages of the Late R.V. Troussova – lean, concise, texturally spare, and almost Webernian, while at the same time being deeply expressive. The two a cappella works recorded here, Omaggio a Luigi Nono and Eight Choruses to Poems by Dezsö Tandori, fit that description well. The aphoristic poetry of Tandori, Anna Akhmatova, and Rimma Dalos inspired the composer to create music of comparable economy, and only a few movements last more than two minutes. A chorus is capable of making a huge sound, not an elemental characteristic of the composer's aesthetic, and Kurtág uses the resource judiciously. The choral writing is original, but fully idiomatic, and at the same time ethereally delicate and grindingly dissonant, with great textural inventiveness and gestural variety. The Songs of Despair and Sorrow sound more conventionally choral and are more accessible on first hearing. Using visually descriptive (and longer) texts by nineteenth and twentieth century Russian poets, Kurtág shows great sensitivity in vivid text painting. He employs the accompanying instrumental ensemble with restraint, often using only accordion-like bajans to support the voices. Kurtag's setting of Alexander Blok's "Night, an empty street, a lamp, a drug-store," is especially evocative and poignant. The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and Ensemble Modern, under Marcus Creed, give stunningly secure performances of these phenomenally difficult scores. Their surfaces are prickly, but they reward close listening with an experience of profound musical depth and richness.

Tracks:
Omaggio a Luigi Nono, Op. 16:
1. I. Tschej (Declension of the pronoun 'whose')
2. II. Rasryw (The Break)
3. III. Ljubowj na mesjaz (Love for a month)
4. IV. No kak usnatj mnje
5. V. Oh, nasidanije - ljubowj (O love, the edifier!)
6. VI. I otwersta dlja menja (And the door is open for me)
8 Choruses, Op. 23:
7. I. 3 koan (3 Koans): No. 3. Koan III
8. No. 1. Koan I
9. No. 2. Koan II
10. II. Mar csak azt a jovo idot kivanom (Longing for the Future): No. 1. Koan Bel Canto
11. No. 2. T.S. Eliot-erme (T.S. Eliot Coin)
12. III. 3 onarckep (3 Self-portraits): No. 2. Mar mocsarasodom (I am turning into a swamp)
13. No. 1. H. kiralyfi, mostohaapja elott (Prince H. standing before his step-father)
14. No. 3. Onarckep 1965-bol (Self-portrait from 1965)
Pesni uniniya i pechali (Songs of Despair and Sorrow), Op. 18:
15. I. I skuschno, i grustno (So weary, so wretched)
16. II. Notsch. Ulitsa. Fonar. Apteka (Night, an empty street, a lamp, a drug-store)
17. III. Wjetscherom sinim (Blue evening)
18. IV. Kuda mne djetsa w atom janwarje (Where can I go to in this January?)
19. V. Raspjatije (Crucifixion)
20. VI. Vremia prischlo (It's time)


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