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György Kurtág
Robert Schumann
György Kurtág/Robert Schumann

Kim Kashkashian viola
Robert Levin piano
Eduard Brunner clarinet
Neun Stücke für Viola solo
Jelek op. 5
Hommage à R.Sch. op. 15d
Märchenbilder op. 113
Fantasiestücke op. 73
Märchenerzählungen op. 132

Recorded August 1992, May and September 1994
ECM New Series 1508

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Bartók serves as the link between Schumann and Kurtág: when Kurtág says "My mother tongue is Bartók, and Bartók's mother tongue was Beethoven" he is referring to the historically linked musical traditions of Germany and Austria, which are his special concern. In addition to this general connection, the works of Kurtág and Schumann reveal astonishing and fascinating affinities in terms of both literary and musical references..... --From the CD booklet notes by Hartmut Lück on Kashkashian: "... the best violist in the world." --New York Daily News "Her playing is notable for its songfulness, a weightless soaring that conveys a wealth of emotion." --Philadelphia Inquirer