Ligeti Project, Vol. 2

Ligeti Project, Vol. 2

by Laito
     
 

There is nothing in the orchestral repertory quite like György Lgeti's Lontano (1967) and Atmosphères (1961). You might call them abstract tone poems, though they are more like sonic environments -- washes of sound that swell and crash over you. This is music that really needs to be experienced live, but asSee more details below

Overview

There is nothing in the orchestral repertory quite like György Lgeti's Lontano (1967) and Atmosphères (1961). You might call them abstract tone poems, though they are more like sonic environments -- washes of sound that swell and crash over you. This is music that really needs to be experienced live, but as it's unlikely an orchestra near you will be playing them, these superb performances by the Berlin Philharmonic are the next-best thing. Turn up the volume, close your eyes, and enter Ligeti's world. Apparitions is an earlier work (1959), and while the effect is more pointilistic, one can hear echoes of the mature composer in the music's shivering delicacy and grotesque humor. San Francisco Polyphony (1974) could be termed a "middle period" work, with its textural density that recalls the Chamber Concerto of 1970 and other virtuoso soundscapes. The surprise here is a first recording of the Concert românesc (Romanian Concerto) of 1951. Unabashedly tonal and based on Romanian folk songs, it gives no hint of the musical developments to come -- except, perhaps, in the fourth movement's pungent "wrong notes," coloristic detail, and unflagging rhythmic energy. Sony Classical's aborted Ligeti series was one of the most exciting recording projects of the 1990s. How marvelous that Teldec has taken up the torch and is running well into the 21st century with the flame of Ligeti's musical genius.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Paul Griffiths
The performances are by the Berlin Philharmonic under Jonathan Nott, who must certainly receive much of the credit for these scores' new power. The music may have been moving that way of its own accord, but its full self-realization owes much to Mr. Nott's keen precision and equally keen understanding as well as to the orchestra's vivid and willing response.
Gramophone - Fabrice Fitch
A must-have release.
Detroit Free Press - Mark Stryker
All should give thanks.... Ligeti's beguiling music is an aural light show of flickering and shimmering densities. Rhythms dissolve into clouds of color; wisps of melodies emerge then vaporize.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
Label:
Teldec
UPC:
0685738826124
catalogNumber:
88261
Rank:
112638

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Tracks

  1. Lontano, for orchestra  - György Ligeti  - Jonathan Nott  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Wolfgang Mohr
  2. Atmosphères, for large orchestra  - György Ligeti  - Jonathan Nott  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Wolfgang Mohr
  3. Apparitions, for orchestra  - György Ligeti  - Jonathan Nott  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Wolfgang Mohr
  4. San Francisco Polyphony, for orchestra  - György Ligeti  - Jonathan Nott  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Wolfgang Mohr
  5. Concert Românesc, for orchestra  - György Ligeti  - Jonathan Nott  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Wolfgang Mohr

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Laito   Primary Artist

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