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LIGETI, G.: Violin Concerto / Lontano / Atmosphères / San Francisco Polyphony (Schmid, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Hannu Lintu


Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra


Benjamin Schmid



Helsinki Music Centre, Finland


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 67:53
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LIGETI, G.: Violin Concerto / Lontano / Atmosphères / San Francisco Polyphony (Schmid, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu)

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 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra

Violin Concerto

2 I. Praeludium 04:11
3 II. Aria - Hoquet - Chorale 08:17
4 III. Intermezzo 02:31
5 IV. Passacaglia 06:49
6 V. Appassionato 06:37
 Benjamin Schmid Soloist


 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra

San Francisco Polyphony

 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
 Hannu Lintu Conductor

Ondine proudly presents a release of the Violin Concerto and orchestral works by György Ligeti (1923-2006) featuring Benjamin Schmid, the Finnish RSO and Hannu Lintu.

The album presents an excellent overview to the development of Ligeti’s compositional technique over a period of 30 years. One of the most impressive developmental progressions in the history of 20th-century music.

Ligeti was inspired to use the violin as a solo instrument to explore the entire history of music. The work incorporates influences from Medieval and Renaissance music, to the late Romantic and contemporary styles. In the third movement of the Violin Concerto Ligeti gives the impression of complete chaos, freedom and spontaneousness despite detailed and thorough performance instructions.

Performing Ligeti’s works is technically very challenging. Although there is often a high amount of pressure and intensity it often leads to an imagination-fuelling and mind-blowing experience!

Known for his exceptionally wide repertoire and a great sense of musicality Benjamin Schmid is one of the most versatile violinists of today. Described as "one of the most valuable of today’s golden-age-violinists" (The New York Sun), Schmid has performed with orchestras such as Wiener Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Gulbenkian Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He is also a sought-after jazz violinist. In 2006 the Strad Magazine wrote: "Schmid mesmerises from his very first entry, shaping phrases with a skin-rippling sensitivity to send the spirits soaring. His golden tone, immaculate intonation, faultless technique and total identification with this magical score are truly things of wonder."

Chief Guest Conductor from 2012 on, Hannu Lintu will assume the post of Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with the new season in autumn 2013. He has rapidly been creating an international career and is a sought-after conductor.

This is Benjamin Schmid’s and Hannu Lintu’s second collaboration for Ondine. Their first release, Reger’s Violin Concerto (ODE 1203-2) with the Tampere PO was highly praised e.g. by

                   **** Excellent disc      ** Average sound

Franck Mallet - Classica magazine (France) - March 2014

"It’s not just the terrific performances on this disc that make it so appealing. The programming of four iconic works by Hungarian composer György Ligeti offers a handy overview of the orchestral music of one of the most imaginative, idiosyncratic, influential and enjoyable composers of the past century... The big draw here is violinist Benjamin Schmid’s energized performance of the majestic Violin Concerto, a late work from 1993. There are plenty of thrills, especially in the virtuosic cadenza. But what makes this performance so memorable is the way Schmid and conductor Hannu Lintu find the ideal balance between Ligeti’s angular modernism and his heartfelt lyricism... marvellous disc..."

Pamela Margles - - 29 January 2014

                          Music ***½ (Good/Very Good)           Sound **** (Very Good)

Tilmoan Urbach - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - February 2014

                           IRR Outstanding

"This is a wonderful disc containing music by Ligeti from a wide chronological range (1961-93) in exhilarating performances, recorded to perfection. From the very first notes of Lontano you know you are in for something special; there’s an electric tension and at the same time a clarity of sound which is utterly gripping. The performance also reminds us just what a beautiful work it is ... astounding performance by the Finish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Lintu is clearly in absolute command. And that gorgeous recorded sound keeps you attentive to every detail for every minute of this amazing piece."

Ivan Moody - International Record Review - January 2013

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