The Ligeti Project [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The five CDs of Teldec's The Ligeti Project have been released individually, and each features extraordinarily fine, well-recorded versions of some of the composer's most important works. This compilation of the five discs is far from a complete collection of Ligeti's output; none of the piano music is represented except for arrangements for accordion of several movements of "Musica Ricercata", or the string quartets, and some crucial pieces, like the "Trio for horn, violin, and piano"; "Volumina for organ"; and "Lux Aeterna, for unaccompanied voices," are missing. Even so, the set is the most comprehensive introduction to Ligeti, and its budget price makes it especially...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The five CDs of Teldec's The Ligeti Project have been released individually, and each features extraordinarily fine, well-recorded versions of some of the composer's most important works. This compilation of the five discs is far from a complete collection of Ligeti's output; none of the piano music is represented except for arrangements for accordion of several movements of "Musica Ricercata", or the string quartets, and some crucial pieces, like the "Trio for horn, violin, and piano"; "Volumina for organ"; and "Lux Aeterna, for unaccompanied voices," are missing. Even so, the set is the most comprehensive introduction to Ligeti, and its budget price makes it especially attractive. The most appealing thing about the set is the number of premiere recordings it includes, several of which seem destined to join the ranks of the composer's most important pieces, especially "Clocks and Clouds," for 12 female voices and orchestra, and "Síppal, dobbal, nádihegeduvel," for mezzo-soprano and percussion, as well as some less significant but engaging works like "Apparitions" and "Concert românesc," both for orchestra, and "Mysteries of the Macabre," Elgar Howarth's arrangement of excerpts from the opera "Le grand macabre." The performances, most of them by artists steeped in Ligeti's music, are consistently excellent. These may not all be the definitive versions Ensemble Modern's recording of the piano concerto may be more incisive than the one recorded here, and Claudio Abbado's reading of "Atmosphères" with the Vienna Philharmonic may be more, well, atmospheric, but they are nonetheless consistently strong and convincing performances. The Schönberg Ensemble's performance of "Aventures" and "Nouvelles Aventures" is easily one of the most entertaining and visceral versions on disc. Max Bonnay's arrangement for accordion of eight pieces from "Musica Ricercata" is a reminder of what a sly and engaging sense of humor the composer had. Katalin Károlyi's singing in "Síppal, dobbal, nádihegeduvel" is simply staggering, and the striking 2000 piece reveals yet new developments in Ligeti's creative imaginings, even at the age of 77. Reinbert de Leeuw, leading the ASKO Ensemble and Schönberg Ensemble, is one of the composer's most experienced and ardent interpreters, and he's involved in about half of the performances on the set. Jonathan Nott, leading the Berlin Philharmonic, is also strongly represented by idiomatic, insightful performances. Teldec's sound, even in the live recordings, is consistently top-notch. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Teldec
  • UPC: 825646967353
  • Catalog Number: 510998
  • Sales rank: 46,708

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Melodien, for orchestra (or chamber orchestra) - György Ligeti & Reinbert de Leeuw (13:12)
  2. 2–5 Chamber Concerto, for 13 instruments - György Ligeti & Reinbert de Leeuw (19:18)
  3. 6–10 Piano Concerto - György Ligeti & ASKO Ensemble (23:33)
  4. 7 Mysteries of the Macabre, for soprano & ensemble, or trumpet & piano/ensemble (arr. from "Le Grand Macabre" by E.Howarth) - György Ligeti & Elgar Howarth (7:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lontano, for orchestra - György Ligeti & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (11:45)
  2. 2 Atmosphères, for large orchestra - György Ligeti & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (8:57)
  3. 3–4 Apparitions, for orchestra - György Ligeti & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (8:41)
  4. 4 San Francisco Polyphony, for orchestra - György Ligeti & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (12:56)
  5. 6–9 Concert Românesc, for orchestra - György Ligeti & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (12:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1–2 Cello Concerto - György Ligeti & ASKO Ensemble (14:28)
  2. 2 Clocks and Clouds, for female voices & orchestra - György Ligeti & ASKO Ensemble (14:27)
  3. 4–8 Violin Concerto - György Ligeti & ASKO Ensemble (26:40)
  4. 9–15 Sippal, dobbal, nádihegeduvel (With Pipes, Drums, Fiddles), for mezzo-soprano & percussion esemble - György Ligeti & Katalin Károlyi (12:00)
Disc 4
  1. 1–7 Hamburg Concerto, for horn & chamber orchestra with 4 obbligato natural horns - György Ligeti & ASKO Ensemble (14:57)
  2. 8–9 Double Concerto, for flute, oboe & orchestra - György Ligeti & Heinz Holliger (16:26)
  3. 9 Ramifications, for 12 strings (or string orchestra) - György Ligeti & ASKO Ensemble (8:10)
  4. 11–14 Requiem, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 choruses & orchestra - György Ligeti & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (26:20)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Aventures, for 3 voices & 7 instruments - György Ligeti & Omar Ebrahim (10:40)
  2. 2–3 Nouvelles aventures, for 3 voices & 7 instruments - György Ligeti & Omar Ebrahim (10:53)
  3. 3 Artikulation, for tape - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (3:55)
  4. 4 Musica ricercata, pieces (11) for piano: 1. Sostenuto - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (2:38)
  5. 5 Musica ricercata, pieces (11) for piano: 2. Allegro con spirito - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (1:13)
  6. 6 Musica ricercata, pieces (11) for piano: 3. Tempo di Valse (poco vivace - à l'orgue d Barba - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (1:52)
  7. 7 Musica ricercata, pieces (11) for piano: 4. Con moto, giusto - Cantabile, molto legato - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (2:56)
  8. 8 Musica ricercata, pieces (11) for piano: 5. Vivace. Energico - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (1:16)
  9. 9 Musica ricercata, pieces (11) for piano: 6. (Béla Bartók in memoriam) Adagio. Mesto - Alleg - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (2:56)
  10. 10 Musica ricercata, pieces (11) for piano: 7. Vivace. Capriccioso - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (1:44)
  11. 11 Musica ricercata, pieces (11) for piano: 8. (Omaggio a Girolam Rescobaldi) Andante misurato - György Ligeti & Wolfgang Mohr (4:24)
  12. 13–14 Sonata for cello - György Ligeti & David Geringas (8:15)
  13. 14 The Big Turtle-Fanfare from the South China Sea - György Ligeti & Peter Masseurs (0:44)
  14. 16–17 Ballad and Dance (Balada si joc), for school orchestra - György Ligeti & ASKO Ensemble (3:10)
  15. 17 Old Hungarian Parlor Dances (Régi magyar társas táncok), for strings and flute (or clarinet) ad lib - György Ligeti & ASKO Ensemble (10:26)
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