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This is a Budapest Music Center Records compilation from Hungarian Radio, some recorded in 1955, but mostly between 1988 and 2001. The featured pieces are from the Játékok (Games) series and Suite for Four Hands (1950-51).

The 42 tracks, from studio and concert recordings, mostly under a minute each, were selected by the Kurtágs, making an excellent supplement to their wonderful ECM recording. The composer began the Játékok series in 1973, as a liberating approach to music-making that is ‘possibly for experimenting and not for learning to play the piano’. There’s an obvious change from the folk-like, rather naive early Suite (tracks 29-32), but all performances reveal great sensitivity, in the service of intense artistic truth.

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