The Edge of Silence: Works for Voice by György Kurtág
Title:

The Edge of Silence: Works for Voice by György Kurtág

Artists:

Susan Narucki, soprano
with
Donald Berman, piano
Curtis Macomber, violin
Nicholas Tolle, cimbalom
Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass

Release Date:

2nd August 2019

Cat No:

AV2408

Price:

£12.49

Summary:

Grammy Award-winning American soprano Susan Narucki, one of today’s most committed advocates of the music of our time, has a deep and lasting working relationship with Hungarian composer György Kurtág which dates back to 1986. Susan’s luminous tone and distinctive artistry and Kurtág’s idiosyncratic fusion of poetry and music come together in this quintessential recorded collection of some of the composer’s most iconoclastic vocal works. In Susan’s words, “I have spent much of my life immersed in this repertoire, and it has become essential to the way I understand music; it is the heart of my practice as a musician.” Equally appreciative, Kurtág acknowledges Susan, “who sang so warmly, purely, so ‘integer’ these songs – with thanks and love.”

Tracklist:

György Kurtág (b. 1926)
1. Scenes from a Novel, Op. 19 (19.32)
15 songs to poems by Rimma Dalos for soprano, violin, double bass & cimbalom

2. Three Old Inscriptions, Op. 25 (6.01)
for voice and piano

3. S.K. Remembrance Noise, Op. 12 (6.36)
7 songs to poems by Dezső Tandori for soprano & violin

4. Attila József Fragments, Op. 20 (12.28)
for soprano solo

5. Seven Songs, Op. 22 (9.15)
to poems by Amy Károlyi and a haiku by Kobayashi Issa for voice & cimbalom

6. Requiem for the Beloved, Op. 26 (5.09)
for soprano & piano (text: Rimma Dalos)

7. A Twilight in Winter Recollected, Op. 8 (6.00)
4 fragments on poems by Pál Gulyás for soprano, violin & cimbalom
Total time: 65.00

Susan Narucki soprano
Donald Berman piano (2, 6)
Curtis Macomber violin (1, 3, 7)
Nicholas Tolle cimbalom (1, 5, 7)
Kathryn Schulmeister double bass (1)

Recording: 22–24 February & 28–29 June 2018, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, University of California at San Diego
Producer: Judith Sherman
Engineer: Andrew Munsey
Assistant Engineer: Jonathan Yergler (February)
Editing Assistant: Jeanne Velonis