Salzburg contemporary • Cerha und Kurtág • Mark Simpson – Antoine Tamestit – Pierre-Laurent Aimard


MARK SIMPSON • Hommage à Kurtág for clarinet, viola and piano (2016) 
Austrian premiere
Work commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival

ROBERT SCHUMANN • From: Märchenbilder for viola and piano, Op. 113 (extract)
No. 3: Rasch

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • From: Jelek, játékok és üzenetek vonósokra (Signs, Games and Messages for strings)
Jelek II for viola solo (1961, rev. 1992, 2005)
Jelek I for viola solo (1961, rev. 1992, 2005)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • From: Játékok (Games) for piano solo
... couple égyptien en route vers l’inconnu... à Menahem Pressler 90 (2013)
... couple égyptien en route vers l’inconnu... – Double – à Valerie Hanuk (2914)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • From: Jelek, játékok és pzenetek vonósokra
... a flower for Tabea ... for viola solo (2000)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • From: Játékok (Games) for piano solo
Dialogue Varga Bálint 70 (2011)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • From: Jelek, játékok és pzenetek vonósokra
Perpetuum mobile für Viola solo (1987, rev. 1991) für Ágnes Vadas
In Nomine – all’ongherese für Viola solo (2001, rev. 2004)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • From: Játékok (Games) for piano solo
... une feuille d’esquisse pour Tünde Szitha... (2012)

ROBERT SCHUMANN • Bunte Blätter, Op. 99 for piano
Albumblatt IV: Sehr langsam

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • From: Jelek, játékok és pzenetek vonósokra
Kromatikus feleselős for viola solo (1987, rev. 1991, 1994)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • From: Játékok (Spiele) für Klavier solo
Passio sine nomine (2015)

ROBERT SCHUMANN • From: Märchenbilder for viola and piano, Op. 113
No. 4: Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck

MARCO STROPPA • Hommage à Gy. K. for clarinet, viola and piano (1997–2003, rev. 2007, 2013)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG • Hommage à R. Sch. for clarinet (also bass drum), viola and piano, Op. 15d (1990)

ROBERT SCHUMANN • Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 132


End of concert approx. 9:35 pm.

Print programme (PDF)


Mark Simpson, Clarinet
Antoine Tamestit, Viola
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano


Four World Premieres at the 2016 Salzburg Festival

22 FEB2016

posted in: Opera, Concert, General

The Salzburg Festival has always been a major initiator of new works. During the upcoming Festival summer, you may look forward to four world premieres: works by Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Friedrich Cerha and Mark Simpson will be performed for the very first time.

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Motive Salzburg contemporary, © Robert Mertens


Stiftung Mozarteum (Display seating plan with categories)



Salzburg contemporary is sponsored by Roche
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They were born within two days of each other, about 500 kilometres separating their places of birth, and they shared a creative urge for new sounds – nothing, however, separated them as long and as decisively as the Iron Curtain. The Austrian Cerha, one of the main protagonists in liberating music from serialism around 1960, has been fascinated throughout his lifetime by the relationship between the individual voice and the power of the collective. On this subject alone, the palette of his œuvre ranges from exquisite, expressive chamber music to operas such as Baal (first performed at the Salzburg Festival in 1981), Der Riese vom Steinfeld or the completion of Berg’s Lulu. This fascination presumably has its roots in Cerha’s biography, his experience of the war years, being drafted into the Wehrmacht in 1944, his desertion and escape into the Tyrolean mountains. The Hungarian Kurtág, officially born in Lugoj in Romania, but de facto in the ethnically diverse region of Banat, narrowly failed to escape to Austria with his family after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. This led to isolation and a severe personal and artistic crisis, from which he liberated himself by composing. Only in 1981, the year that also saw the world premiere of Cerha’s Baal, did a performance of Kurtág’s Messages of the Late Miss R. V. Troussova under Boulez in Paris mark the composer’s international breakthrough – with music that is concise, yet full of gestures and images, and an emotion that also pulses through Cerha’s œuvre.
Among the highlights of the double portrait are the world premiere of Eine blassblaue Vision, voicing ‘obsessions with sound’ which inhabit Friedrich Cerha’s imagination, as well as György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments for solo soprano and solo violin, a chain consisting of four unequal parts and a total of forty highly individual links, ranging from only a few moments to some lasting six or seven minutes, which thus seem almost epic: miniature dramas passing in seconds and musical snapshots, combined in a colourful mosaic of emotional states.

Walter Weidringer

Translated by Alexa Nieschlag

A recording of this concert will be broadcast by ORF on august 28 at 7:30 pm on the Ö1 channel.