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Gyorgy Ligeti Edition Vol 7 - Chamber Music / Aimard Et Al


Release Date: 01/20/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 62309   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  György Ligeti
Performer:  Saschko GawriloffMarie-Luise NeuneckerPierre-Laurent AimardMichael Collins,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music Performance."
This seventh disc in Sony's edition of the complete works of György Ligeti is devoted to chamber works that span virtually the entire career of the composer.
The 'Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano' emerged in 1982 after a six-year period of compositional frustration, a time in which the composer worked only on sketches. As Ligeti has noted, the Trio "cannot be pigeonholed into any neat stylistic category." For example, the listener is tempted to think of Minimalism when listening to the propulsive second movement but such a view short-changes the work's complex use of asymmetrical meters. The slow fourth movement is particularly beautiful as it
Read more closes with a high-register violin line juxtaposed against the fading horn and piano.
The playful 'Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet' were composed in 1953, a time when the composer's primary concerns were, in his words, "pseudo-folkloristic." The Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet come from 1968, a time when a fascination with polyphonic textures was paramount. The final composition on this CD, the 'Sonata for Solo Viola' (1991-94), is a remarkably accessible work which utilizes the world of Romanian folk songs.
REVIEWS:
Fanfare (5-6/98, p.155) - "...Every performance on this disc is superb. Each can compete successfully with the currently available releases. Yet Sony's Ligeti cycle, in its very comprehensiveness, makes it a must for any collector or interested listener..."
BBC Music (6/98, p.55) - Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5) - "...Performances throughout this disc - one of the most rewarding so far in Sony's Ligeti series - are splended. Not to be missed." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano "Hommage ŕ Brahms" by György Ligeti
Performer:  Saschko Gawriloff (Violin), Marie-Luise Neunecker (French Horn), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Music Hall, Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 
Length: 22 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Pieces (10) for Wind Quintet by György Ligeti
Performer:  Michael Collins (Clarinet), Gareth Hulse (Oboe), Philippa Davies (Flute),
Robin O'Neill (Bassoon), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Studios, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Bagatelles (6) for Wind Quintet by György Ligeti
Performer:  Richard Watkins (French Horn), Gareth Hulse (Oboe), Robin O'Neill (Bassoon),
Philippa Davies (Flute), Michael Collins (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Winds
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Whitfield Street Studios, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Ligeti originally included these pieces in his "Musica ricercata" (11 pieces for piano). He later arranged this set for wind quintet in 1953. 
4.
Sonata for Viola solo by György Ligeti
Performer:  Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991-1994; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/1994 
Venue:  Tonstudio, Sandhausen, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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