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Ligeti: Etudes; Messiaen: Vingt Regards Selection /Banfield


Release Date: 12/08/1993 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 60134   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  György LigetiOlivier Messiaen
Performer:  Volker Banfield
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an excellent introduction to the piano music of two of the 20th century's greatest composers. Gyorgy Ligeti's stock has only risen since his death, and much of his repulation rests on his formidable ETUDES, one of the few recently composed piano works to enter the active repertory of contemporary players. Ligeti doesn't have a method and belongs to no particular movement or school; he creatively exploited the vocabulary of postwar classical music to hone a very particular voice of his own--expressive, humorous, vivid, grotesque, sometimes macabre.
Like Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen was liberated by the harmonic freedom of modern music to forge a highly personal, even eccentric path--in his case to express and celebrate the awesome
Read more presence of God in nature. (He is perhaps the most traditionally Roman Catholic of any major composer, although that is just about the only conservative thing about him.) Far from serene, his music bursts with color and dissonance, and can be violent and terrifying in nature. The piano cycle VINGT REGARDS SUR L'ENFANT-JESUS is quintessential Messaien, and the pianist Volker Banfield gives these excerpts a fluent reading with plenty of splash. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Etudes (6) for Piano, Book 1 by György Ligeti
Performer:  Volker Banfield (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Studio 10, North German Radio, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: no 10, Regard de l'esprit de joie by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Volker Banfield (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Studio 10, North German Radio, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: no 11, Premičre communion de la Vierge by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Volker Banfield (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Studio 10, North German Radio, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4. Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: no 13, Noël by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Volker Banfield (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Studio 10, North German Radio, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5. Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: no 16, Regard des prophčtes, desbergers et des mages by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Volker Banfield (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Studio 10, North German Radio, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6. Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: no 17, Regard du silence by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Volker Banfield (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Studio 10, North German Radio, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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