Parker Quartet & Kim Kashkashian – Kurtag: Six moments musicaux; Officium breve / Dvorak: String Quintet, Op. 97 (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Parker Quartet & Kim Kashkashian – Kurtag: Six moments musicaux; Officium breve / Dvorak: String Quintet, Op. 97 (2021)
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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 quarter’s early mentors, to play Dvořák. 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 Szervánszky (1988/89). Throughout, the Parker Quartet’s feeling for colour and texture is in evidence. The quartet’s insights into Kurtág’s soundworld have been developed through extensive work with the Hungarian composer. The album was recorded at Zürich’s Radio DRS Studio.

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.

There is no question that György Kurtág and Antonín Dvořák are creators of eminent chamber music works. Dvořák wrote thirty-one works in this field (not counting the two serenades and some lost pieces), the most generously represented genre being the string quartet with fourteen works, in addition to the three quintets, one sextet, two tercets and others, all intended for pure string ensembles. Even greater still is the proportion of chamber music works in Kurtág’s oeuvre, although his orchestral works were often written for smaller ensembles and reduced instrumentations. Ultimately, the intimate, austere quality of chamber music is more in keeping with Kurtág’s artistic nature, who thinks less in terms of large formats, but rather developed his own unique style with sound material reduced to microscopic cells.

Tracklist:
1. Six moments musicaux, Op. 44 : 1. Invocatio [un fragment] (01:30)
2. Six moments musicaux, Op. 44 : 2. Footfalls … mintha valaki jönne … (02:46)
3. Six moments musicaux, Op. 44 : 3. Capriccio (01:32)
4. Six moments musicaux, Op. 44 : 4. In memorian Gyoergy Sebeok (03:35)
5. Six moments musicaux, Op. 44 : 5. … rappel des oiseaux … [étude pour les harmoniques] (02:31)
6. Six moments musicaux, Op. 44 : 6. Les adieux [in Janáčeks Manier] (02:48)
7. String Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 97, B. 180 : 1. Allegro non tanto (09:30)
8. String Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 97, B. 180 : 2. Scherzo, Allegro vivace (05:58)
9. String Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 97, B. 180 : 3. Larghetto (10:05)
10. String Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 97, B. 180 : 4. Finale, Allegro giusto (08:34)
11. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 1. Largo (00:25)
12. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 2. Più andante (00:44)
13. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 3. Sostenuto, quasi giusto (00:40)
14. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 4. Grave, molto sostenuto (00:32)
15. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 5. (Fantasie über die Harmonien des Webern-Kanons) Presto (00:42)
16. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 6. (Canon a 4) Molto agitato (00:20)
17. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 7. Canon a 2 (frei, nach Op. 31/VI von Webern) Sehr fliessend (00:39)
18. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 8. Lento (00:38)
19. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 9. Largo (00:56)
20. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 10. [Webern: Kanon a 4 (Op. 31/VI)] (02:21)
21. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 11. Sostenuto (02:39)
22. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 12. Sostenuto, quasi giusto (00:41)
23. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 13. Sostenuto, con slancio (01:06)
24. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 14. Disperato, vivo (00:48)
25. Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op. 28 : 15. Arioso interrotto (di Endre Szervánszky) Larghetto (01:14)

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