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György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments / Tony Arnold, Movses Pogossian

Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9270   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  György Kurtág
Performer:  Tony ArnoldMovses Pogossian
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hungarian composer György Kurtág's singular masterpiece, Kafka Fragments, is presented here on CD and on DVD. The DVD includes a live concert performance of the piece, filmed in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as a filmed "masterclass" held in Budapest, Hungary, with Kurtág coaching the two performers. The CD contains a complete studio recording of Kafka Fragments, made in the USA. Consisting of 40 short 'songs', the texts are drawn from Franz Kafka's letters, diary entries, and notebooks. Kafka Fragments is one of Kurtág's most autobiographical works, the score peppered with personal references and messages to well-known musicians and other acquaintances. The magnificent soprano Tony Arnold was winner of first Read more prize in the Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition in Holland, the first vocalist to be so honored. Along with virtuoso violinist Movses Pogossian, the duo has performed Kafka Fragments throughout the USA and Europe. This DVD/CD set presents their stunning performances alongside a fascinating film of the duo working with the composer, striving for maximum expression in a work that presents huge challenges, both musically and intellectually. Read less

Works on This Recording

Kafka Fragments, Op. 24 by György Kurtág
Performer:  Tony Arnold (Soprano), Movses Pogossian (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985-1986; Hungary 

Sound Samples

The Good March In Step
Like a Pathway In Autumn
Berceuse I
Nevermore - Excommunicatio
But He Just Won't Stop Asking Me
Someone Tugged At My Clothes
The Seamstress
Scene At the Station
Sunday, 19th July 1910 (Berceuse II)
My Ear...
Once I Broke My Leg...
Two Walking Sticks
No Going Back
Pride (15th November 1910, 10 O'clock)
The Flower Hung Dreamily
Nothing of the Kind
The True Path
To Have? to Be?
Coitus As Punishment
My Fortress
I Am Dirty, Milena...
Miserable Life (Double)
The Closed Circle
Destination, Path, Hesitation - for Martha
As Tightly - for Beatrice and Peter Stein
Hiding Places
Offensively Jewish
Amazed, We Saw the Great House
Scene On a Tram
Too Late (22nd October 1913)
A Long Story
In Memoriam Robert Klein
From an Old Notebook
In Memoriam Joannis Pilinszky
Again, Again
The Moonlight Night Dazzled Us

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