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György Kurtág
Játékok

Márta Kurtág piano
György Kurtág piano
 
Flowers We Are, Mere Flowers ... (...embracing sounds)
J. S. Bach: Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir
Preludium and Chorale
Knots
Antiphone in f-sharp
Dirge 1
Hommage à Christian Wolff (Half-asleep)
Play with Overtones
Perpetuum mobile (objet trouvé)
... and once more: Flowers We Are ...
Beating ­ Quarrelling
Study to ""Hölderlin""
J. S. Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Sonatina from Actus tragicus)
Bells
Furious Chorale
Hoquetus
Palm Stroke
Bluebell
Thistle
Stubbunny
Harmonica
Hommage à Domenico Scarlatti
Aus der Ferne
J. S. Bach: Triosonata in E-flat Major I, 1
Dirge 1a
Dirge 2
Tumble-Bunny
Hommage à Kurtág Márta
J. S. Bach: O Lamm Gottes unschuldig
Evocation of Petrushka
Adoration, adoration, accursed desolation ...
Hommage à Soproni
Hommage à Halmágyi Mihály
Scraps of a colinda melody ­ faintly recollected

Recorded July 1996
ECM New Series 1619
 
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Wonderful two and four handed piano accounts of Kurtág's Játékok (Games) and Bach Transcriptions by Kurtág himself and his wife Márta. Their concert appearances together have been described - by Britain's Independent - as "events to be treasured in the musical life of the century...Teasing, caressing and attacking the piano, they literally play games." The thirty fragments from Játékok are brisk splashes of ice-water for the mind, the Bach Transcriptions compellingly beautiful.