Notes & Reviews:
György Ligeti's choral masterpiece* Lux Aeterna* is best known from its use in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is a remarkable work that gave birth to a new musical language. This spectacular recording, which features the Capella Amsterdam led by Daniel Reuss, was originally released in 2008. Also included on the disc are Ligeti's choral work Three Fantasies after Friedrich Hölderlin and his Sonata for solo viola. Paired with the Ligeti works is Im Gestein, a cycle of lieder to poems by Paul Celan by Dutch composer Robert Heppener.
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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Isle of the Dead / Ashkenazy
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Barbara Harbach (b.1946): Chamber Music V / Stella Markou, soprano; Marlissa Hudson, soprano; Julia Sakharova, violin; John McGrosso, violin; Alla Voskoboynikova, piano
20th Century Music for solo cello by Dutilleux, Henze, Crumb, Ligeti, Bacri, Britten, Cassado, Amoyel, Kodaly / Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello
Mozart: Music for Harpsichord Four Hands / Basilio Timpanaro, Rossella Policardo, harpsichord
Michael Haydn (1737-1806): Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Sinfonias in D, B flat; E flat & F / Filip Dvorak, harpsichord; Czech Chamber PO Pardubice, Patrick Gallois
Vaughan Williams: Film Classics - Coastal Command; 49th Parallel Prelude; The Story of a Flemish Farm; Three Portraits from England of Elizabeth / Andrew Penny, RTÉ Concert Orchestra
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