Kurtag - Jatekok / Games | Wergo WER67662

Kurtag - Jatekok / Games


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Label: Wergo

Cat No: WER67662

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd October 2015



This recording features the Bugallo-Williams Duo playing György Kurtág's complete works for piano duet and two pianos as included in the eight published volumes of 'Játékok'. The work's original concept was as a collection of pedagogical performance pieces, and the composer has been adding to the series since 1973. Eight volumes had been published as of 2010 and volumes IV and VIII are for piano 4-hands or two pianos. In addition to a focus on rhythm and time, Kurtág also addresses techniques including using palms, fists and forearms as a means of exploring the keyboard.

In his transcriptions, Kurtág also embraces music from Machaut to J S Bach, passing through Orlando di Lasso, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Heinrich Schütz and Henry Purcell. The transcriptions in this volume bear no less weight than Kurtág’s original compositions and exploit the particular transparency of the piano.

Selected transcriptions:
• Guillaume de Machaut - Missa: Kyrie I
• Guillaume de Machaut - Missa: Christe
• Guillaume de Machaut - Missa: Kyrie II
• Guillaume de Machaut - Missa: Kyrie III
• Guillaume de Machaut - Missa: Sanctus
• Guillaume de Machaut - (Rondeau 1) Doulz viaire gracieus
• Orlando di Lasso - Qui sequitur me
• Girolamo Frescobaldi - Corrente III
• Girolamo Frescobaldi - Corrente IV
• Heinrich Schutz - Matthaeus Passion: Introitus
• Heinrich Schutz - Matthaeus Passion: Hohepriester und Schriftgelehrte
• Heinrich Schutz - Matthaeus Passion: Die Jünger Jesu (calmo: semplice con espressione)
• Heinrich Schutz - Matthaeus Passion: Die Jünger Jesu (vivo)
• Henry Purcell - Examples of Counterpoint and Canon
• Henry Purcell - The Queen’s Funeral March and Canzona
• Henry Purcell - Fantasia upon One Note
• Johann Sebastian Bach - Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr: BWV711
• Johann Sebastian Bach - Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland: BWV599
• Johann Sebastian Bach - Liebster Jesu: wir sind hier: BWV633a

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