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Kurtág: Játékok (Games) for Piano - First Complete Recording Books 1-4

by Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye

“Játékok” - (Games) by the Hungarian composer, György Kurtág (1926- ). This is the first complete recording of Books 1-4. The performers worked closely with the composer in the preparation of these CDs.
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1. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 1. Prelude & Waltz in C, 2. Palm Stroke (1), 3. Wrong Notes Allowed (1), 4. Palm Stroke (2), 5. Wrong Notes Allowed (2), 6. Flowers We Are...(1b), 7. Flowers We Are...(1a)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:32 $0.99
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2. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 8. Dot-Strumming, 9. ...flowers Also the Stars..., 10. Out and In (1), 11. Objet Trouvé, 12. Elbows, 13. Hommage À Verdi (For Piano Duet)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:46 $0.99
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3. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 14. Walking, 15. C's Night Song, 16. F-Sharp's Night Song, 17. Little Chorale (1), 18. Toddling, 19. Staggering, 20. Staggering (For Piano Duet)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:50 $0.99
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4. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 21. Bored, 22. Rocking, 23. Hommage À Bartók, 24. Let’s Be Silly, 25. Silent Palms, 26. Playing With Overtones (1 - Hommage À Kocsis Zoltán), 27. Sound Eclipse
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:30 $0.99
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5. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 28. Hommage À Máriassy Istvan (Detecting Chords), 29. the Bunny and the Fox, 30. Legato, 31. Waltz (1), 32. the Stone Frog Crawled Along, 33. Hot Cockles, 34. Flowers We Are...(2)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:39 $0.99
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6. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 35. Fifths (2), 36. the Young Boxer’s Lighter Moments, 37. Sleepily, 38. Portrait (1), 39. Five Little Pianos Pieces (2), 40. Five Little Piano Pieces (3)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:50 $0.99
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7. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 41. Three-Finger Play, 42. Gallop, 43. Five Little Piano Pieces (4), 44. Five Little Piano Pieces (5), 45. Boisterous Csárdás, 46. Jerking, 47. Sound and Sound-Ball (1)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
2:40 $0.99
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8. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 48. Melancholic Overtones, 49. Little Chorale (2), 50. Flowers We Are…(3), 51. Sound and Sound-Ball (2), 52. Sarabande, 53. Out and In (2), 54. Scherzando
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:47 $0.99
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9. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 55. Fifths and Fourths and Palm Strokes, 56. Hommage À Beethoven, 57. Playing With Overtones (2), 58. Falling Asleep, 59. Scale from One to Eight
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:59 $0.99
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10. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 60. Knots (1), 61. Flowers We Are…(4a), 62. Flowers We Are…(4b), 63. Meandering Tune (For Piano Duet)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:16 $0.99
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11. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 66. Micro-Rondo, 67. Hommage À Ligeti, 68. Sidling Palms, 69. Beating
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:55 $0.99
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12. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 70. Hommage À Tchaikovsky, 71. Hommage À Eötvös Péter, 72. Hommage À Paganini
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
2:08 $0.99
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13. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 1: 73. Hoquetus (For Piano Duet), 74. Perpetuum Mobile, 75. …and Once More: Flowers We Are…
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:16 $0.99
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14. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 76. Hommage À Bálint Endre, 77. Hommage À Jeney (Phone Numbers of Our Loved Ones - 1), 78. Quarrelling (3), 79. Hommage À Vidovszky (Phone Numbers of Our Loved Ones - 2), 80. Quarrelling (4), 81. Play With Basic Elemen
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:00 $0.99
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15. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 82. Shadow Play – Hoquetus, 83. Hommage À Szunyogh Balázs, 84. Hommage À Kodály, 85. to and Fro, 86. Sorely (1), 87. Jerking (2)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:50 $0.99
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16. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 88. Slip 'n Stop, 89. Play With Overtones (3), 90. Five-Finger Play, 91. Forte-Piano, 92. Shadow-Play (2), 93. Hommage À Papp Laci
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:32 $0.99
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17. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 94. Hopscotch, 95. Waltz - Hommage À Shotakovitch, 96. Hommage À Kabalevsky, 97. Star Music, 98. Angrily, 99. Out and In (3)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:58 $0.99
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18. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 100. Fifths (3a), 101. Fifths (3b), 102. Fancifully, 103. Sound-Filtering, 104. Bluebell, 105. Scale-Play in F & P
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:40 $0.99
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19. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 106. Consolation (In Remembrance of Magda Szávai), 107. Prelude & Waltz, 108. Jumping Fifths, 109. Sorely (2), 110. Devil’s Jump, 111. Bunny Rabbit in the Grass, 112. in Memoriam Hermann Alice
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
5:59 $0.99
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20. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 113. Waltz (2), 114. Knots (2), 115. Dialogue, 116. Antiphony in F-Sharp
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:06 $0.99
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21. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 117–128. Hommage À Kadosa (12 Microludes)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
5:12 $0.99
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22. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 2: 129–140. 12 Microludes (No.11 Hommage À Andre Hajdu; No.12 Hommage À Nancy Sinatra)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
5:51 $0.99
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23. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 141. Stop and Go, 142. Play With Infinity (A) for Two Hands, 143. Play With Infinity (B) for Piano Duet, 144. the Mind Will Have Its Freedom…, 145. Thus It Happened…
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:26 $0.99
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24. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 146. Five-Finget Play – Chromatic Exercise, 147. Quiet Talk With the Devil, 148. Scherzo, 149. Dirge (1), 150. Pen Drawing, Valediction to Erzsébet Schaár
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:20 $0.99
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25. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 151. Portrait (2), 152. Russian Dance, 153. Thistle, 154. Elegy for the Left Hand
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:25 $0.99
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26. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 155. Tumble-Bunny, 156. Sorrowful Tune, 157. Shadow-Play (3), 158. Hommage À Ránki György, 159. Hommage À Zenon, 160. …and Round and Round It Goes
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:57 $0.99
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27. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 161. Double Notes - Addition to Bartók’s Mikrokosmos, 162. Signs in Black, 163. Stubborn Knots, 164. Hommage À Schubert (Consolation for Sarah), 165. Hommage À Petrovics
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:39 $0.99
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28. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 166. Hommage À Farkas Ferenc (2) - Scraps of a Colinda Melody, Faintly Recollected), 167. Hommage À Farkas Ferenc (3) (Evocation of Petrushka), 168. Hommage À Farkas Ferenc (4) (Adoration, Adoration, Accursed Desolation
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:57 $0.99
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29. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 169. Hommage À Mussorgsky, 170. Hommage À Szervánszky (A) for Two Pianos, 171. Hommage À Szervánszky (B) for Piano Duet, 172. Dirge (2)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:15 $0.99
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30. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 173. Hommage À Christian Wolff (Half-Asleep), 174. Hommage À Domenico Scarlatti, 175. Hommage À Borsody László (Harmonica), 176. Hommage À Varèse
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:06 $0.99
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31. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 177. Stubbunny 178. Play With Overtones (4), 179. Five-Finger Quarrel, 180. Portrait (3), 181. Hommage À Kurtág Márta
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:43 $0.99
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32. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 182–187. 12 New Microludes 1-6
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5:42 $0.99
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33. Játékok (Games) for Piano - Book 3: 188–193. 12 New Microludes 7-12
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4:00 $0.99
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34. Játékok (Games) for Piano Duet & Two Pianos - Book 4: 194. Fog-Canon, 195. Furious Choral, 196. Hand in Hand (Hommage À Sárközy)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
4:13 $0.99
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35. Játékok (Games) for Piano Duet & Two Pianos - Book 4: 197. Bells (Hommage À Stravinsky), 198. Hommage À Sáry László (Dot and Spot)
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:25 $0.99
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36. Játékok (Games) for Piano Duet & Two Pianos - Book 4: 199. Hommage À Halmágyi Mihály, 200. Hommage À Soproni
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:44 $0.99
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37. Játékok (Games) for Piano Duet & Two Pianos - Book 4: 201. Kyrie, 202. Prelude and Waltz in F (Or F Sharp), 203. Study to Hölderlin for Two Pianos
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:51 $0.99
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38. Játékok (Games) for Piano Duet & Two Pianos - Book 4: 204. Dirge, 205. Beating, 206. Sarabande, 207. Hommage À Paganini
Valeria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
3:26 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Játékok” - (Games) by György Kurtág
Valeria Szervánszky and Ronald Cavaye perform the following solo pieces. All numbers not listed are for either piano duet or two pianos.

Valeria Szervánszky – 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 14-16, 18, 22, 25, 28, 30-31, 34-36, 38-39, 43-45, 47-50, 52, 54, 57-58, 60, 62, 65-66, 68-69, 71, 77-79, 84, 93-95, 102, 104, 107, 114-116, 141-142, 144-145, 147-148, 151, 155, 162, 164-168, 170, 172-174, 176-178, 180-181, 183, 187-189

Ronald Cavaye – 1, 3, 5, 8, 10-11, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26-27, 29, 32-33, 37, 40-42, 46, 51, 53, 55-56, 59, 61, 67, 70, 74-76, 80-83, 85-92, 96-101, 103, 105-106, 108-113, 117-140, 146, 149-150, 152-154, 156-161, 163, 169, 175, 179, 182, 184-186, 190-193

Teaching is of great importance to Kurtág. When he returned to the Liszt Academy to teach after studying in Paris he rejected the idea of teaching composition (which he says he cannot do) and became first an assistant to Prof. Pal Kadosa - the doyen of Hungarian piano teachers. When he eventually became a professor in his own right, he choose to specialise in the field of chamber music rather than the piano as this gave him the widest range from which to study and learn for the benefit of his own compositions. Nevertheless, the piano, remained his chosen instrument, featuring in many of his chamber music compositions.
Solo pieces, however, were a rarity - the 8 Piano Pieces Op.3 and the arrangement for piano of the cimbalom piece, Splinters, being the only works from among his early compositions. At the beginning of the nineteen seventies, however, Kurtág began writing a set of very short pieces which were inspired by the spontaneous nature of children at play. When children are left to play on their own they possess the extraordinary ability to enter into and become totally involved in the perfect and fantastic world which they create. This world is both extremely exciting and completely absorbing. A child playing on its own is able to make the fullest use of its imagination. Everything is possible in the world which a playing child creates, and in turn, the created world can take the child over – so much so, that they become oblivious to the adults who call them back for the boring things which have to be done like tidying the room, eating and homework!
Fascinating and Wonderful though the realm of a child at play is, for some reason it seems very difficult to preserve these feelings in the study of music. Quite naturally, I write the “study” of music. Music has become another subject like maths or history - something to be studied, rather than enjoyed and lived. When we, as teachers place a child before a musical instrument like the piano, we set him or her a number of tasks. Things must be “learned” and “studied” and “practised” before the next lesson. Indeed it is no wonder that the child feels that music is another “subject” and that he sees little affinity with the wonderful world of play to which he is free to return after the lesson.
If we are not careful, a piano lesson can be a very negative experience. The child plays the piece and we, as teachers, immediately begin to correct so many details - the hand position is wrong; there was a misplaced accent in the middle of the phrase; the touch is not beautiful; this was too loud; that too soft. The list of our complaints is endless! Of course, this is how it should be because, as artists, we are always seeking perfection, but such teaching has little to do with the rich world of the imagination created by the playing child.
It was to try to recapture something of this spirit of “play” that Kurtág began the composition of Játékok - Games. He started with a few ideas - set out in the foreword to the first four volumes:

“The idea of composing Játékok was suggested by children playing spontaneously, children for whom the piano still means a toy. They experiment with it, caress it, attack it and run their fingers over it. They pile up seemingly disconnected sounds, and if this happens to arouse their musical instinct they look consciously for some of the harmonies found by chance and keep repeating them.
Thus, this series does not provide a tutor, nor does it simply stand as a collection of pieces. It is possibly for experimenting and not for learning “to play the piano”.
Pleasure in playing, the joy of movement - daring and if need be fast movement over the entire keyboard right from the first lessons instead of the clumsy groping for keys and the counting of rhythms - all these rather vague ideas lay at the outset of the creation of this collection.
Playing is just playing. It requires a great deal of freedom and initiative from the performer. On no account should the written image be taken seriously but the written image must be taken extremely seriously as regards the musical process, the quality of sound and silence. We should trust the picture of the printed notes and let it exert its influence upon us. The graphic picture conveys an idea about the arrangement in time of the even the most free pieces. We should make use of all that we know and remember of free declamation, folk-music, parlando-rubato, of Gregorian chant, and of all that improvisational musical practice has ever brought forth. Let us tackle bravely even the most difficult task without being afraid of making mistakes: we should try to create valid proportions, unity and continuity out of the long and short values - just for our own pleasure!”
Notes by Ronald Cavaye

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