Laudatory reviews for Kurtág box set
This magnificent, Netherlands-sourced set brings together some of Kurtág's greatest achievements and is performed with devotional precision and commitment by the ensemble Asko | Schönberg, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw. ... De Leeuw, his ensemble and the Netherlands Radio Choir (in the choral works) are fabulously lucid guides.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian
There is undoubtedly a monument here, which is only confirmed by the level of performances.
Frits van der Waa, De Volkskrant
This small piece can never do justice or honor to this important publication.
Peter van der Lint, Wed.
On three CDs, it is already one of the most relevant, not to mention most demanding, productions of the year, masterfully conducted and sung and created under the watchful eye of the impossibly precise Kurtág himself. The blazingly detailed Songs of Despair and Concern for double mixed choir and a bizarre instrumental ensemble including four bayans: get those densities and colors right. It worked.
Bas van Putten in The Green
The three-part CD box set of choral and ensemble works by György Kurtág is, in a word, overwhelming. His soul-transcending sounds are sublimely interpreted by Reinbert de Leeuw et al. The recording, too, is impeccable. This box set is already historic, a monument to the Hungarian grandmaster, who turned 91 last February. [...] Nor are the Songs of Despair and Sorrow for choir and instruments often performed. In just under 20 minutes, the Grand Omroepkoor switches between ultra-soft whispers, oorsplitting cries, profoundly sad laments and excited mirth. At times we briefly imagine ourselves at a Russian village festival.
Thea Derks, Cultural Press Office