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Ligeti Odyssey / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Ligeti / Ullen / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Release Date: 12/18/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1503  
Composer:  György Ligeti
Performer:  Hans-Ola EricssonNobuko ImaiFredrik Ullén
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Wind QuintetSchola Heidelberg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This chronological exploration of the musical universe of György Ligeti begins in 1948, with a brief piece for solo piano composed by a 25-year old music student in Budapest and ends with his final compositions, also for solo piano, when Ligeti had long since become established as one of the truly great figures of 20th-century music. On the way, it takes in a number of works which demonstrate the kaleidoscopic qualities of the composer and his oeuvre – from the sharply delineated sense of humour displayed in the Six Bagatelles to the otherworldliness of Lux Aeterna (used by Stanley Kubrick in his film 2001 – a space odyssey), and the sheer mass of Volumina for organ, in which the performer uses elbows, arms and the palms of his hands Read more in order to strike the largest possible number of keys at the same time. The music and its creator are described in an enlightening essay by the musicologist Arnold Whittall, who quotes a remark by Ligeti himself as one explanation for this almost bewildering range of moods and atmospheres: ‘every­thing that is direct and unambiguous is alien to me’. Ligeti’s śuvre certainly bears this out, while also testifying to another observation by the composer: ‘what is serious is at the same time comical, and the comical is terrifying’. The present, amply filled anthology brings together some seminal Ligeti works in interpretations that were highly praised when originally released, by performers of international standing, including Nobuko Imai, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Fredrik Ullén and Hans-Ola Ericsson, as well as the eminent vocal ensemble Schola Heidelberg. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Volumina by György Ligeti
Performer:  Hans-Ola Ericsson (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962/1966; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Viola solo by György Ligeti
Performer:  Nobuko Imai (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991-1994; Hungary 
3.
Pieces (10) for Wind Quintet by György Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Lux aeterna by György Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Heidelberg
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Invention for Piano by György Ligeti
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Hungary 
6.
Etudes (6) for Piano, Book 1: no 3, Touches bloquées by György Ligeti
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Berlin, Germany 
7.
Etudes (4) for Piano, Book 3: no 18, Canon by György Ligeti
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
8.
Etudes (4) for Piano, Book 3: no 17, A bout de souffle by György Ligeti
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
9.
Bagatelles (6) for Wind Quintet by György Ligeti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Hungary 

Sound Samples

Invention
6 Bagatelles: No. 1. Allegro con spirito
6 Bagatelles: No. 2. Rubato - Lamentoso
6 Bagatelles: No. 3. Allegro grazioso
6 Bagatelles: No. 4. Presto ruvido
6 Bagatelles: No. 5. Adagio - Mesto (Bela Bartok in memoriam)
6 Bagatelles: No. 6. Molto vivace - Capriccioso
Volumina
Lux aeterna
10 Pieces: No. 1. Molto sostenuto e calmo
10 Pieces: No. 2. Prestissimo minaccioso e burlesco
10 Pieces: No. 3. Lento
10 Pieces: No. 4. Prestissimo leggiero e virtuoso
10 Pieces: No. 5. Prestissimo staccatissimo e leggiero
10 Pieces: No. 6. Prestissimo staccatissimo e leggiero
10 Pieces: No. 7. Vivo, energico
10 Pieces: No. 8. Allegro con delicatezza
10 Pieces: No. 9. Sostenuto, stridente
10 Pieces: No. 10. Presto bizzarro e rubato
Viola Sonata: I. Hora Lunga
Viola Sonata: II. Loop
Viola Sonata: III. Facsar
Viola Sonata: IV. Prestissimo con sordino
Viola Sonata: V. Lamento
Viola Sonata: VI. Chaconne chromatique
Etudes, Book 1: No. 3. Touches bloquees
Etudes, Book 3: No. 18. Canon
Etudes, Book 3: No. 17. A bout de souffle

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