Lots of coverage On An Overgrown Path for Gyorgy Kurtag's 80th birthday, but there are still many people who don't know his music. So here as a break from all that Mozart are two free Kurtag MP3 downloads that are long enough to give a real taster, but short enough to mean you still have to buy a CD to fairly reward the composer and performers.
Kurtág - Kafka Fragments op. 24 for Soprano and violin with Patricia Kopatchinskaja (photo above) violin and Anna Maria Pammer. Recorded in the Semper-Aula of the Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich by Leonhard Lenz 3.2.2004. Nr. 1 "Die Guten gehn im gleichen Schritt. Ohne von ihnen zu wissen tanzen, tanzen die anderen die Tänze der Zeit", Nr.2 "Wie ein Weg im Herbst: Kaum ist er reingekehrt, bedeckt er sich wieder mit den trockenen Blättern", Nr.3 "Verstecke sind unzählige, Rettung nur eine, aber Möglichkeiten der Rettung wieder so viele wie Verstecke", Nr.4 "Ruhelos, ruhelos"... Data rate 128 KBit/s, file size 2.9MB. Extract - timing 3' 10" -
Kurtág - Eight pieces for violin and cymbalom op.4, with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Viktor Kopatchinsky (Cymbalom). Murten-Classics Festival 31.8.2003, recorded by Swiss Radio DRS2. Data rate 128KBit/s, file size 8.3MB. Complete - timing 9' 3" -
Both samples are linked from the excellent website of Patricia Kopatchinskaja (photo above) who is the violinist in the recordings. There are many other audio samples on the site, the contemporary composers represented include John Cage, Takuya Imahori, Gija Kantsceli, Thomas Larcher, Kumiko Omura, Alan Ridout and Otto Zykan. CDs can also be purchased, these include contemporary compositions by Johanna Doderer, Nikolai Korndorf, Dmitri Smirnov and Boris Yoffe.
If you arrived On An Overgrown Path looking for free Mozart MP3 downloads please don't feel cheated. Patricia Kopatchinskaja's web site has a download of the complete Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major with American Odin Rathnam playing viola with her. It is a big (25MB) file with 30 minutes of music, read a review here in German, and this is the file -
Audio samples are not hosted by On An Overgrown Path, and are Patricia Kopatchinskaja's copyright. They are strictly for non-commercial, personal and private use. Any other use needs permission, particularly multiple copying, use in other media, broadcasting, television or any commercial purposes.
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