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LIGETI, G.: 1948-2001: A Ligeti Odyssey (Ullen, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Imai, Nussbaum)

LIGETI, G.: 1948-2001: A Ligeti Odyssey (Ullen, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Imai, Nussbaum)

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2013

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Nussbaum, Walter


Walter Nussbaum

Conductor

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Ensemble

Fredrik Ullen

Soloist

Hans-Ola Ericsson

Soloist

Nobuko Imai

Soloist

Heidelberg Schola


Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet



Venue:

Lanna Church


Studio 2 of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, Stockholm


Vasteras Concert Hall


SWR Studio, Karlsruhe


Lulea Cathedral



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 80:02
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LIGETI, G.: 1948-2001: A Ligeti Odyssey (Ullen, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Imai, Nussbaum)

     
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GYORGY LIGETI

     
1 

Invention

1:08
 Fredrik Ullen Soloist
     
 

6 Bagatelles

 
2 No. 1. Allegro con spirito 1:02
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
3 No. 2. Rubato - Lamentoso 3:06
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
4 No. 3. Allegro grazioso 2:28
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
5 No. 4. Presto ruvido 0:58
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
6 No. 5. Adagio - Mesto (Bela Bartok in memoriam) 2:23
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
7 No. 6. Molto vivace - Capriccioso 1:20
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
8 

Volumina

17:34
 Hans-Ola Ericsson Soloist
     
9 

Lux aeterna

8:35
 Walter Nussbaum Conductor
 Nussbaum, Walter
     
 

10 Pieces

 
10 No. 1. Molto sostenuto e calmo 2:28
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
11 No. 2. Prestissimo minaccioso e burlesco 0:47
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
12 No. 3. Lento 1:39
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
13 No. 4. Prestissimo leggiero e virtuoso 0:48
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
14 No. 5. Prestissimo staccatissimo e leggiero 0:28
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
15 No. 6. Prestissimo staccatissimo e leggiero 1:04
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
16 No. 7. Vivo, energico 1:00
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
17 No. 8. Allegro con delicatezza 2:44
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
18 No. 9. Sostenuto, stridente 1:13
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
19 No. 10. Presto bizzarro e rubato 1:08
  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Ensemble
     
 

Viola Sonata

 
20 I. Hora Lunga 5:30
 Nobuko Imai Soloist
21 II. Loop 2:36
 Nobuko Imai Soloist
22 III. Facsar 6:10
 Nobuko Imai Soloist
23 IV. Prestissimo con sordino 1:32
 Nobuko Imai Soloist
24 V. Lamento 3:33
 Nobuko Imai Soloist
25 VI. Chaconne chromatique 3:19
 Nobuko Imai Soloist
     
26 

Etudes, Book 1

1:46
 Fredrik Ullen Soloist
     
 

Etudes, Book 3

 
27 No. 18. Canon 1:28
 Fredrik Ullen Soloist
28 No. 17. A bout de souffle 2:15
 Fredrik Ullen Soloist


This chronological exploration of the musical universe of György Ligeti begins in 1948, with a brief piece for solo piano composed by a 25-year old music student in Budapest and ends with his final compositions, also for solo piano, when Ligeti had long since become established as one of the truly great figures of 20th-century music. On the way, it takes in a number of works which demonstrate the kaleidoscopic qualities of the composer and his oeuvre – from the sharply delineated sense of humour displayed in the Six Bagatelles to the otherworldliness of Lux Aeterna (used by Stanley Kubrick in his film 2001 – a space odyssey), and the sheer mass of Volumina for organ, in which the performer uses elbows, arms and the palms of his hands in order to strike the largest possible number of keys at the same time. The music and its creator are described in an enlightening essay by the musicologist Arnold Whittall, who quotes a remark by Ligeti himself as one explanation for this almost bewildering range of moods and atmospheres: ‘every­thing that is direct and unambiguous is alien to me’. Ligeti’s œuvre certainly bears this out, while also testifying to another observation by the composer: ‘what is serious is at the same time comical, and the comical is terrifying’. The present, amply filled anthology brings together some seminal Ligeti works in interpretations that were highly praised when originally released, by performers of international standing, including Nobuko Imai, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Fredrik Ullén and Hans-Ola Ericsson, as well as the eminent vocal ensemble Schola Heidelberg.
 
"...This is a good introduction to Ligeti’s music..."
 
Allen Gimbel - American Record Guide - July/August 2013



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