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Boulez Conducts Ligeti - Concertos For Cello, Violin, Piano


Release Date: 10/11/1994 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439808   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  György Ligeti
Performer:  Jean-Guihen QueyrasPierre-Laurent AimardSaschko Gawriloff
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All concerned on this disc make light of the technical difficulties in interpretations that reach the spiritual heart of the music.

If the most important thing a contemporary composer can do is to renew long-cherished genres from within, then Gyorgy Ligeti is as important as any. His three concertos span a quarter of a century, from the mid 1960s to the early 1990s, a period notable for its ever-increasing diversity. Ligeti himself has responded to many major tendencies — serialism, electronics, minimalism, ethnic musics — but is well aware that such pluralism can lead to pointless confrontations between the complex and the simple. In his case the two extremes achieve a remarkable harmony within a style of great melodic
Read more appeal and powerful formal coherence. The synthesis can already be detected in the Cello Concerto's journey from the elemental to the elaborate, but it finds fulfilment in the much more recent works for piano and violin. Here a playful inventiveness of instrumental colour -- for example. the plangent ocarinas in the Violin Concerto — is balanced by a concern to build extended structures on appropriately solid foundations, and although neither work had an absolutely straightforward genesis, the finished scores retain no hints of doubt or hesitation. Ligeti's music is rewarding to play, but far from easy to perform well. All concerned on this disc make light of the technical difficulties in interpretations that reach the spiritual heart of the music. The recorded sound ensures that this authentic Ligetian spirit is conveyed with thrilling clarity.

-- Arnold Whittall, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello by György Ligeti
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio, Paris, France 
Length: 15 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano by György Ligeti
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985-1988 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio, Paris, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin by György Ligeti
Performer:  Saschko Gawriloff (Violin)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991-1993 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio, Paris, France 
Length: 28 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection received a Grammy nomination for "Best Classical
Conteporary Composition." 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto (1985-88): 1. Vivace molto ritmico e preciso - attacca subito:
Piano Concerto (1985-88): 2. Lento e deserto
Piano Concerto (1985-88): 3. Vivace cantabile
Piano Concerto (1985-88): 4. Allegro risoluto, molto ritmico - attacca subito:
Piano Concerto (1985-88): 5. Presto luminoso: fluido, costante, sempre molto ritmico
Cello Concerto (1966): 1. Quarter = 40: Attacca
Cello Concerto (1966): 2. (Lo stesso tempo)
Violin Concerto (1992): 1. Praeludium: Vivacissimo luminoso - attacca:
Violin Concerto (1992): 2. Aria, Hoquetus, Choral: Andante con moto - attacca:
Violin Concerto (1992): 3. Intermezzo: Presto fluido
Violin Concerto (1992): 4. Passacaglia: Lento intenso
Violin Concerto (1992): 5. Appassionato: Agitato molto
Violin Concerto (1992): 5. Appassionato: Agitato molto

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