Title - 'The Edge of Silence'
Artist - Susan Narucki
Well, for those not in the know, American soprano and Latin Grammy-nominee Susan Narucki, one of todays most committed advocates of the music of our time, has a deep and lasting working relationship with Hungarian composer György Kurtažg which dates back to 1986.
Thus, Susan's luminous tone and distinctive artistry and Kurtažg's idiosyncratic fusion of poetry and music come together in this quintessential recorded collection of some of the composers most iconoclastic vocal works, entitled The Edge of Silence (August 2nd, 2019 via AVIE Records).
György Kurtažg (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)
3. S.K. Remembrance Noise, Op. 12 (6.36)
7 songs to poems by Dezső Tandori for soprano & violin
4. Attila Jožzsef Fragments, Op. 20 (12.28)
5. Seven Songs, Op. 22 (9.15)
to poems by Amy Kažrolyi and a haiku by Kobayashi Issa
6. Requiem for the Beloved, Op. 26 (5.09)
7. A Twilight in Winter Recollected, Op. 8 (6.00)
Total time: 65.00
Featuring along with Susan Narucki, Donald Berman (piano), Curtis Macomber (violin), Nicholas Tolle (cimbalom), and Kathryn Schulmeister on double bass, this quite magnificent recording took place between February 22Ė24 and June 28-29, 2018, at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, University of California in San Diego.
This quite breathtaking recording from Narucki may well indeed represent her lifelong dedication to the performance of Kurtažg's extraordinary music, but with her heart and soul on obvious display here, well, it might well just be the most emotively stimulative recording ever done of his work.
In Susan's own 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, Kurtag acknowledges Susan, "Ö who sang so warmly, purely, so integer these songs", with thanks and love.
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