György Kurtág


Touch the Cloud

New works by Kurtág and Voronov

 ...concertante... opus 42 (arr. for ensemble Olivier Cuendet), world première of this version
Acqua Alta, 'Dedicated to Reinbert de Leeuw' - world première, commissioned by Asko|Schönberg & Muziekgebouw, with the support of Ammodo and 'Friends' of Asko|Schönberg and Muziekgebouw

conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, Peter Rundel
violin Hiromi Kikuchi
viola Ken Hakii

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Thursday, 16 January 2020
20:15 hours
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

19:15 uur: Inleiding


Could there possibly be a performer more dedicated than Reinbert de Leeuw? His life’s work – all his many concerts and recordings, often in close collaboration with composers – is a staggering achievement.

De Leeuw’s musical friends from Asko|Schönberg and the Muziekgebouw recently presented him with the best gift they could think of to celebrate his eightieth birthday (on 8 September 2018): new music by a well-loved composer. The world premiere of Acqua Alta by the Russian composer Valery Voronov (b. 1970) is being given this evening together with the Netherlands Chamber Choir. One of the composers with whom de Leeuw built up a close relationship during his long career is the Hungarian György Kurtág. De Leeuw’s recording, with Asko|Schönberg, of Kurtág’s complete works for ensemble was greatly acclaimed and won an Edison Classical award. Olivier Cuendet has made a freer version of Kurtág’s brilliant ... concertante ... opus 42 (2003) specially for de Leeuw. This evening marks its very first performance. This is passionate music, for which Kurtág received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2006.