The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (213): Remembering Marta

It’s the first anniversary of the death of the intensely private Hungarian pianis Marta Kurtag, playing here as she did every day with her husband, the composer György Kurtág.

 

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  • Bach scored it for a pair of alto recorder, Blockfloeten, to begin one of his loveliest cantatas, “Gottes eit ist der allerbeste Zeit” — “God’s Time is the Best of All Times”, tender and timeless.

    It’s one that Felix Prohaska, Scherchen, , Jonathan Sternberg introuced early LP collectors to on Westminster, Lyrichord, and Bach Guild. They included the madcap soprano-alto duet “Wir eilen” with what sounds like a calliope accompaniment in Cantata 78, and a sthrilling Reformation Day Cantata 79 “Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild” with the Berlin Philharmonic horns under Fritz Lehmann on DGG in innocent pre-HIP days.

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