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Composer: Kurtág, György (b. 1926)

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ManchesterPsappha: New Adventures

Psappha: New Adventures
Lutosławski, Bartók, Kurtág, Ligeti
Nicholas Kok; Psappha; Gillian Keith; Jessica Gillingwater; Alexander Robin-Baker

ManchesterManchester Collective: Romantic Hero

Manchester Collective: Romantic Hero
Schumann, Kurtág
Manchester Collective; Jayson Gillham

LondonMacro/Micro II – Carducci Quartet

© Tom Barnes
Bartók, Kurtág
Carducci String Quartet

LondonMacro/Micro III – Carducci Quartet

© Tom Barnes
Bartók, Kurtág
Carducci String Quartet

LondonHarrison’s Clocks – Alasdair Beatson

© Giorgia Bertazzi
Beethoven, Birtwistle, Ligeti, Kurtág, Messiaen, Schumann, Fauré, Bartók, Ravel, Nancarrow
Alasdair Beatson, Piano
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Mystery, energy and dancing in Darmstadt

Staatsorchester Darmstadt © Vincent Stefan
The Staatsorchester Darmstadt under Will Humburg performed three mightly works for large orchestra to bring its season to a close: Kurtág's Stele, Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
****1
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Late Style: Brahms and more

Jonathan Biss © Benjamin Ealovega
American pianist Jonathan Biss explored the notion of late style in a programme of works by Schumann, Kurtág, Chopin and Brahms which revealed a common intensity of expression regardless of the composer's age.
****1
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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra inspires in Minnesota

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra © Ash & James Photography (2015)
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra delivers a thrilling account of Schubert's Second Symphony, while pianist Jeremy Denk inspires in Mozart and chamber works by Schumann and Kurtág.  
****1
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Fun and games open Oslo Chamber Music Festival

Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse © Kristin Bolgård
Thursday's opening of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival showed an enticing bredth of programming, showcasing a wide array of new and old music, all performed with utter conviction.
*****
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Meditative magic in Vantaa

St Lawrence Church, Vantaa © David Karlin
A three hour Bach "meditation", with Bach mixed with Kurtág, various other modern pieces and free jazz improvisation all sounded a bit radical. But the results were extraordinary. 
*****
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