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The Ligeti Project Vol 4 - Hamburgisches Konzert, Etc

Release Date: 05/20/2003 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 88263   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  György Ligeti
Performer:  Marie-Luise NeuneckerJacques ZoonHeinz HolligerMargriet Van Reisen
Conductor:  Reinbert De LeeuwJonathan Nott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO EnsembleSchoenberg EnsembleBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

György Ligeti's music has been with us for so long, and has become such an integral part of the vocabulary of contemporary music, that it's hard to believe that he has never until now enjoyed a systematic exploration of his complete works. God knows he deserves the attention! What Sony started, Teldec now proposes to finish, and this fourth volume in the label's ongoing survey includes four works that serve as excellent testimony to the composer's range and undogmatic approach to composition.

As with all of Ligeti's concertos, the Hamburg Concerto (for solo horn plus four more obbligato natural horns in the orchestra) explores to the utmost the sonic potential of its chosen instrument. The entire history of the
Read more French horn in Western music, from its origins in the hunt through the wildest explorations of the avant-garde, leaps forth in seven brief movements that include music tonal, atonal, microtonal, polytonal--you name it. It's as exuberant and fresh an exploration of sound as we're likely to hear, and like all of the performances on this disc, it's fabulously played and recorded. The same holds true for the delicious Double Concerto for Flute and Oboe, which delves deeply into the world of wind sonority, from the most delicate to the most raucous of sounds.

Ramifications belongs to Ligeti's family of pieces based on texture and micro-intervals. Scored for 12 solo strings, this is the sound that first brought the composer to international attention in works such as Atmospheres and Lux aeterna. The often harrowing Requiem employs some similar techniques, though on a grander scale, and the music admirably supports and illustrates Ligeti's carefully selected texts. As noted above, the excellence of the performances finds its counterpart in Teldec's finely balanced and dynamically expansive sonics. This isn't "easy" music, but it is often strikingly beautiful--and most importantly it bespeaks the utmost integrity of vision and craftsmanship in composition. First class!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Horn "Hamburg" by György Ligeti
Performer:  Marie-Luise Neunecker (French Horn)
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998/2002 
Double Concerto for Flute and Oboe by György Ligeti
Performer:  Jacques Zoon (Flute), Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schoenberg Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Berlin, Germany 
Requiem by György Ligeti
Performer:  Margriet Van Reisen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963-1965; Vienna, Austria 
Ramifications for 12 Strings by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schoenberg Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1969; Vienna, Austria 

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