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Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval
1984; solo cello; from the series Signs, Games and Messages

'Lieux retrouvés – Music for cello & piano' (CDA67948)
Lieux retrouvés – Music for cello & piano
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Track 11 on CDA67948 [1'35]

Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval
Gérard de Nerval was a nineteenth-century French poet whose tragic life ended in suicide. Pilinszky’s poem of that name (rather literally translated here) is bleak:

A riverside which is not a riverside.
A memory which has never been a sunrise,
then something of a moat
and a fiery pin in the head.

Kurtág’s response, while full of inner pain, is also tender, its chromatic falling sighs evoking a memory of the Sarabande of Bach’s fifth Suite. Only the final pizzicato chord evokes the ‘fiery pin in the head’.

from notes by Steven Isserlis © 2012

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67948 track 11
Recording date
15 December 2011
Recording venue
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John Fraser
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
Hyperion usage
  1. Lieux retrouvés – Music for cello & piano (CDA67948)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 2012
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