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Boulez Conducts Ligeti - Concertos for Cello, Violin, Piano

Album Summary

>Ligeti, György : Piano Concerto
>Ligeti, György : Concerto for Cello
>Ligeti, György : Concerto for Violin
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This release is an excellent cross-section of Ligeti's aesthetic, rigorously performed by one of Europe's top-notch contemporary music groups." -American Record Guide. Gramophone Award winner 1995

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Violin Concerto (1992) is music by a composer fascinated with Shakespeare's The Tempest: indeed, it might even prove to be a substitute for Ligeti's longmooted operatic version of the play. There are plenty of 'strange noises', the result not just of Ligeti's latter- day predilection for ocarinas, but of his remarkable ability to play off natural and artificial tunings against each other. This work is superior to the Piano Concerto because the solo violin is so much more volatile and poetic as a protagonist, an animator who 'fires up' the orchestra, functioning as a leader at odds with the led. Saschko Gawriloff is a brilliantly effective soloist, and well served by a sharply defined yet expressive accompaniment - Boulez at his most incisive - and a totally convincing recording. The other works are played and recorded with similar success. The Cello Concerto (1966) is a particularly powerful reminder of the strengths of the earlier Ligeti, where simple, basic elements generate anything but minimal consequences.



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Works Details

>Ligeti, György : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: Composition written: 1985-88.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1985-1988

>Ligeti, György : Concerto for Cello
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1966

>Ligeti, György : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Saschko Gawriloff (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 27 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1989-1993