György Kurtág Colindă-Baladă...
Játékok, for upright piano: graphic, poetic short pieces, images of fragility, fragments recalled, verging on silence. Colind˘a-Balad˘a, a vast musical epic sung in Romanian. Four poems by Anna Akhmatova, verse which fascinates Kurtág, conjuring up events from the past and exploring inner life.
But Fear and the Muse take turns to guard
the room where the exiled poet is banished,
and the night, marching at full pace,
of approaching dawn, has no knowledge.
(Anna Akhmatova, translated by A. S. Kline ©)
Transcriptions and selection of Játékok
Marta Kurtág and György Kurtág, piano
Colindă-Baladă for choir and nine instruments, opus 46*
Four Poems by Anna Akhmatova for soprano and ensemble, opus 41** (creations in France)
Natalia Zagorinskaia, soprano
Cluj Philharmonic Choir
direction Cornel Groza*
direction Olivier Cuendet**
Coproduction Opéra national de Paris ; Festival d’Automne à Paris
With the help of Sacem
With the support of Mécénat Musical Société Générale
With the support of Guy de Wouters
In association with The Land de Rhénanie du Nord-Westphalie
In collaboration with Roumanian Cultural Institute
Concert recorded by France Musique