György Kurtág and his son have long shared a kind of creative affinity. While Kurtág Snr. composes predominantly for traditional instruments or ensembles thereof, Kurtág Jnr.’s primary interest lies in employing the latest technology to generate unusual sound effects electronically. Their joint compositions unite these two sources of sound as their musical ideas bounce off one another, stimulating each other’s imagination and occasionally creating remarkable works as a product of this “mutual im...provisation”. This is how the work Zwiegespräch (Dialogue) came about, representing what they themselves define as an “electronic hybrid” for string quartet and synthesizer. The work was commissioned by the Paul Sacher Foundation and performed at the Lucerne Festival in 2000, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2001 (with the Arditti Quartet), and the Vienna Festival in 2002 (with the Keller Quartet). In February 2009, the work was also heard as part of a series presenting Hungarian music at New York’s Carnegie Hall. At György Kurtág’s request, the Swiss conductor and composer Olivier Cuenet has rearranged the work for symphony orchestra. It is this orchestral work that will be premièred at this Tibor Szőke Master Season Ticket series concert by the MÁV Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy. Presented by: MÁV Symphony Orchestra
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