Kurtag - Moments musicaux, Officium breve; Dvorak - String Quintet op.97 | ECM New Series 4855984

Kurtag - Moments musicaux, Officium breve; Dvorak - String Quintet op.97


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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4855984

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd October 2021



On their ECM New series debut, the Boston-based Parker Quartet, hailed by the Washington Post for “exceptional virtuosity and imaginative interpretation”, play music of György Kurtág and are joined by violist Kim Kashkashian, one of the quartet’s early mentors, to play Dvořák.

At first glance, the pairing of the two composers chosen by the Parker Quartet and violist Kim Kashkashian for their recording on ECM New Series may appear unusual. However, György Kurtág and Antonín Dvořák have more in common than a fleeting glimpse at their oeuvre – an extremely narrow, concentrated catalogue of works in the one case and a multifaceted life’s work that lavishly encompasses all musical genres in the other – would suggest.

In this powerful programme of contrasts, Dvořák’s outgoing String Quintet no.3, composed in America in 1893, is framed by two of Kurtág’s concentrated, meticulously-shaped works - the Six Moments musicaux (2005) and the Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanszky (1988/89).

Throughout, the Parker Quartet’s feeling for colour and texture is in evidence. The quartet’s insights into Kurtag’s soundworld have been developed through extensive work with the Hungarian composer whose influence on this new recording makes this compelling listening.

The album was recorded at Zurich’s Radio DRS Studio.
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