7 Feb 2019

BACH arr Kurtág: Two Transcriptions

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 7 February 2019
Izabella Simon & Dénes Várjon

Izabella Simon & Dénes Várjon Photo: Felvegi Andrea focuspoint

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György Kurtág (b 1926) is a Hungarian pianist and composer of music with a huge breadth of creative imagination. Much of his output is intense, atonal and experimental. He wrote homages to many composers and transcribed works by several others, including these by Bach, who was one of his major inspirations. Kurtág is known to have said that "one note is almost enought', realisting that one can make music out of almost nothing: his writing is free from any excess material, a feature that brings purity and clarity to these transcriptions.

Recorded in Nelson Centre of Musical Arts by RNZ

Sound engineer: Darryl Stack