The eminent Hungarian composer György Kurtág turns 90 today, and — it’s reported by his publisher, Editio Musica Budapest — remains hard at work on a magnum opus, the Beckett-based opera Fin de partie. In wishing him robust health, I offer in tribute a small handful of useful links, including an outstanding Jeremy Eichler profile that I’m having permanently extracted from behind the Globe paywall in Kurtág’s honor.
“Hold the Mozart,” Alex Ross, The New Yorker, Dec. 4, 2006
“Kurtág lifts the silence,” Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 7, 2007
“The purist,” Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, Nov. 11, 2007
“A guide to György Kurtág’s music,” Tom Service, The Guardian, March 12, 2013
“Violist Kim Kashkashian finds harmonious blend,” David Weininger, Boston Globe, June 15, 2015
…concertante…, for violin, viola, and orchestra – Hiromi Kikuchi, Ken Hakii, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Jatekok, for piano duo – György & Márta Kurtág (interleaved with Bach works)
Kafka Fragments, for soprano and violin – Tony Arnold & Moses Pogossian
Kafka Fragments, for soprano and violin – Juliane Banse & András Keller
… pas à pas – nulle part …, for baritone, string trio, and percussion – Kurt Widmer, Hiromi Kikuchi, Ken Hakii, Stefan Metz, Mircea Ardeleanu
Signs, Games, and Messages, for solo violin (or viola) – Moses Pogossian
Stele, for orchestra – Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado
12 Microludes for String Quartet (Hommage à Mihály András), for string quartet – Maxwell Quartet
Original Source: Kurtág is 90.