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Kurtág’s Játékok (Hungarian for ‘Games’), which he started in 1973 as a set of teaching exercises, have now grown into an eight- volume series of musical sketchbooks, filled with what the CD-booklet calls ‘homages, reminiscences and compositional experiments’ – although, crucially, many are under a minute long. Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams have collected the 35 scored for piano duet (four hands) and two pianos, and added a selection of Kurtág’s equally fleeting transcriptions of early music, Machaut to Bach, plus his tiny 1956 Suite for piano duet. They don’t quite match the playful charm of Kurtág and his wife Márta on their recordings of Játékok selections, but they play with panache and are sensitive to the transcriptions’ diffident beauty. The disc also offers 21 previously unrecorded pieces.

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