The Edge of Silence

Nominated for GRAMMY Award – Best Classical Solo Vocal Album (2019)

New York Times – The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2019

Grammy Award-winning American soprano Susan Narucki, one of today’s most committed advocates of the music of our time, has a deep and lasting working relationship with Hungarian composer György Kurtág which dates back to 1986. Susan’s luminous tone and distinctive artistry and Kurtág’s idiosyncratic fusion of poetry and music come together in this quintessential recorded collection of some of the composer’s most iconoclastic vocal works. In Susan’s words, “I have spent much of my life immersed in this repertoire, and it has become essential to the way I understand music; it is the heart of my practice as a musician.” Equally appreciative, Kurtág acknowledges Susan, “who sang so warmly, purely, so ‘integer’ these songs – with thanks and love.” 


György Kurtág (b. 1926)
1. Scenes from a Novel, Op. 19 (19.32)
15 songs to poems by Rimma Dalos for soprano, violin, double bass & cimbalom

2. Three Old Inscriptions, Op. 25 (6.01)
for voice and piano

3. S.K. Remembrance Noise, Op. 12 (6.36)
7 songs to poems by Dezső Tandori for soprano & violin

4. Attila József Fragments, Op. 20 (12.28)
for soprano solo

5. Seven Songs, Op. 22 (9.15)
to poems by Amy Károlyi and a haiku by Kobayashi Issa for voice & cimbalom

6. Requiem for the Beloved, Op. 26 (5.09)
for soprano & piano (text: Rimma Dalos)

7. A Twilight in Winter Recollected, Op. 8 (6.00)
4 fragments on poems by Pál Gulyás for soprano, violin & cimbalom
Total time: 65.00

Susan Narucki soprano
Donald Berman piano (2, 6)
Curtis Macomber violin (1, 3, 7)
Nicholas Tolle cimbalom (1, 5, 7)
Kathryn Schulmeister double bass (1)

Recording: 22–24 February & 28–29 June 2018, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, University of California at San Diego
Producer: Judith Sherman
Engineer: Andrew Munsey
Editing Assistant: Jeanne Velonis

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