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Gyorgy Ligeti Edition Vol 1 - String Quartets And Duets


Release Date: 01/21/1997 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 62306   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  György Ligeti
Performer:  Irvine ArdittiDavid AlbermanGarth KnoxRohan de Saram
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony's Ligeti Edition opens with the composer's two string quartets. The first, subtitled 'Métamorphoses nocturnes,' was composed in Hungary in 1953 to 1954, although not performed until 1958 in Vienna. Structured in eight movements, Ligeti's idiom is derived from Bartok's third and fourth quartets. Although not tonal, the music is highly accessible, the composer's well known gift for both drama and humor already much in evidence. It is hard to imagine at a distance of nearly half a century how such delightful music could have ever been considered subversive to the good of the state. Nevertheless the work had no chance of performance until the composer's escape from Hungary in 1956.
The second quartet, from 1968, is more overtly modern
Read more although again Ligeti's voice is one that speaks to the listener with great immediacy. The disc is filled out, as are others in the series, with the composer's earliest effort for string quartet as well as two duos, one early and one late. The performances by the Arditti Quartet are very fine and the inclusion of the extra pieces gives this disc an edge over their earlier recording for Wergo. The entertaining liner notes are by the composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes" by György Ligeti
Performer:  Irvine Arditti (Violin), David Alberman (Violin), Garth Knox (Viola),
Rohan de Saram (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1954; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by György Ligeti
Performer:  Irvine Arditti (Violin), David Alberman (Violin), Rohan de Saram (Cello),
Garth Knox (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Hommage ŕ Hilding Rosenberg by György Ligeti
Performer:  Rohan de Saram (Cello), Garth Knox (Viola), David Alberman (Violin),
Irvine Arditti (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Ballade and Dance on Romanian Folksongs: Ballade by György Ligeti
Performer:  David Alberman (Violin), Irvine Arditti (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Ballade and Dance on Romanian Folksongs: Dance by György Ligeti
Performer:  David Alberman (Violin), Irvine Arditti (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Pieces (2) for String Quartet: Andante cantabile by György Ligeti
Performer:  David Alberman (Violin), Irvine Arditti (Violin), Rohan de Saram (Cello),
Garth Knox (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1950 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7.
Pieces (2) for String Quartet: Allegretto poco capriccioso by György Ligeti
Performer:  Irvine Arditti (Violin), Rohan de Saram (Cello), David Alberman (Violin),
Garth Knox (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1950 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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