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20th Century Classics: Ligeti

20th Century Classics: Ligeti - String Quartets
Release Date: 08/10/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 27905   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  György Ligeti
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell
Conductor:  Louis AuriacombeGuy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String QuartetToulouse Chamber OrchestraBarry Tuckwell Wind Quintet,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lux Aeterna put Ligeti on the map for the wider public when Stanley Kubrick appropriated it for its unearthly effect in his film 2001, A Space Odyssey. But his music began firmly in his Hungarian roots, and bears a debt to Bartók and Kodály. Both sides of this modern master are heard here. The Hungarian composer György Ligeti (1923-2006) was born in Romania of Hungarian Jewish parents. As a Jew living in mid-20th-century central-Europe, Ligeti's early musical training was interrupted by World War II. He was detained in a Nazi labour camp while other members of his family were sent to Auschwitz: only he and his mother survived the War. At the cessation of hostilities Ligeti continued his studies in Budapest until 1956, when the Soviets Read more repressed the Hungarian revolution. He fled to Vienna and, some years later, became an Austrian citizen. Now in the West, Ligeti was free to develop and meet the leading composers in European avant-garde music of the time. Figures like Karlheinz Stockhausen, Gottfried Koenig and Herbert Eimert encouraged him to join them at the electronic music studio of Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne. It was the premičre of his Apparitions in 1960 that launched his international career. The first disc in this set comprises the two string quartets from 1953/54 and 1968 respectively; Ramifications from 1968/69 and the Six Bagatelles from 1953 (these last two recordings are new to CD). The second disc contains a selection of Ligeti's vocal works. Ligeti died in June of 2006 in Vienna and was buried there. He is, perhaps, best known for the various pieces of his music that Stanley Kubrick used in several of his films, notably 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes" by György Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1954; Hungary 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by György Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Ramifications for 12 Strings by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1969; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Bagatelles (6) for Wind Quintet by György Ligeti
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barry Tuckwell Wind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Hungary 
5.
Lux aeterna by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Guy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Phantasien (3) by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Guy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Berlin, Germany 
7.
Hungarian Etudes (3) for Chorus by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Guy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Berlin, Germany 
8.
Hungarian Folk Song(s) by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Guy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
9.
Mátraszentimre Songs: no 1, Three barrels by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Guy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Hungary 
10.
Mátraszentimre Songs: no 2, True love by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Guy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Hungary 
11.
Mátraszentimre Songs: no 3, Pom-pom by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Guy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Hungary 
12.
Mátraszentimre Songs: no 4, Out in the woods by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Guy Reibel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Hungary 

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