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GYORGY LIGETI  

(1923 - 2006)

Of Hungarian-Jewish origin, Ligeti made his career in Hungary until 1956, when he escaped to Vienna. There he was influenced by contact with more experimental Western techniques of composition, notably through work at the electronic studios in Cologne. His music now achieved a wider international reputation, incorporating contemporary techniques and experiment in a musical idiom that has proved both influential and palatable.

Opera

Ligeti’s 1977 opera Le Grand Macabre, set in a land derived from the paintings of Breughel, is an allusive work, drawing on a variety of sources from Monteverdi to Beethoven and opening with a motor-horn prelude.

Orchestral Music

It was with compositions such as Apparitions in 1959 and Atmosphères in 1961, the latter a 48-part mirror canon, that Ligeti began to win a wider reputation. Other orchestral works that aroused interest included a Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments, the Cello Concerto and the Concerto for flute, oboe and strings. Lontano, written in 1967, has a place in contemporary repertoire, along with Ramifications for 12 strings and San Francisco Polyphony. He also wrote concertos for piano, for violin and for French horn.

Chamber Music

In the second of his string quartets Ligeti made a strong impression, while his Ten Pieces for wind quintet allow a degree of individual virtuosity to the players.

Keyboard Music

Ligeti’s piano études increased in number over the years—a product, he modestly explained, of the inadequacy of his own piano technique. He described the works as neither avant-garde nor traditional, and they drew allusively on a wide variety of sources. Some of them make extreme technical demands on the performer.

Vocal Music

Aventures in 1962 and Nouvelles Aventures four years later, for three voices and a small ensemble, are examples of Ligeti’s blend of humour and seriousness. His Requiem, completed in 1965, makes considerable use of counterpoint and is a moving and colourful work. It was followed by Lux aeterna, a setting of the last part of the Requiem Mass, for 16 solo voices, in which he again makes extensive use of the technique of canon. His Nonsense Madrigals include settings of words by Lewis Carroll.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
GLASS Of Beauty and Light (US Version) Naxos 8.503202
PÄRT The Silence of Being Naxos 8.506015

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY CHORAL MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-1090
Choral - Sacred
BARTOK, B.: Instrumental Music (Songs and Dances of Life) (Popovici, Nas, Ketler) Solo Musica
SM113
Instrumental
BRAHMS, J. / LIGETI, G.: Horn Trios / AHO, K.: Solo X (Neunecker, Weithaas, Avenhaus) BIS
BIS-SACD-1859
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Quandt, Ludwig - KODALY, Z. / LIGETI, G. / KURTAG, G. (Solo) Campanella Musica
C130144
Instrumental
Cello Recital: Rosselet, Frederic - BACH, J.S. / BERIO, L. / DUTILLEUX, H. / LIGETI, G. Yarlung Records
YAR07498
Instrumental
Choral Music - TAVENER, J. / LIGETI, G. / DEBUSSY, C. / BADINGS, H. / POULENC, F. / RUTTI, C. / THOMPSON, R. (San Francisco Symphony Chorus) Delos
DE3270
Choral - Secular
DEVIL'S MUSIC (The) Naxos
8.578085-86
Instrumental
HOSOKAWA / PENDERECKI / NORGARD: Viola Space Japan 10th Anniversary BIS
BIS-CD-1379-80
Instrumental
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 2: Rhythm (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102035
Classical Documentary
LIGETI, G.: 1948-2001: A Ligeti Odyssey (Ullen, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Imai, Nussbaum) BIS
BIS-1503
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Choral - Sacred
LIGETI, G.: Etudes, Books 1 and 2 (Biret) Naxos
8.555777
Instrumental
LIGETI, G.: Grand Macabre (Le) (Liceu, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108058
Opera DVD
LIGETI, G.: Grand Macabre (Le) (Liceu, 2011) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101643
Opera DVD
LIGETI, G.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Andante and Allegretto (Parker Quartet) Naxos
8.570781
Chamber Music
LIGETI, G.: Violin Concerto / Lontano / Atmosphères / San Francisco Polyphony (Schmid, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu) Ondine
ODE1213-2
Concertos, Orchestral
LIGETI: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-53
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Concertos, Orchestral
LIGETI: Complete Piano Music BIS
BIS-CD-1683-84
Instrumental
LIGETI: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-783
Instrumental
LIGETI: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-983
Instrumental
LINDBERG, Christian: 10-Year Jubilee BIS
BIS-CD-638
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Romanovsky, Alexander - BACH, J.S. / HAYDN, J. / CHOPIN / LISZT / PROKOFIEV / LIGETI, G. Divox
CDX-25245-2
Instrumental
Piano Recitial: Poll, Mihkel - RAVEL, M. / LIGETI, G. / TULVE, H. / MOSOLOV, A. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (20th Century Piano) Ondine
ODE1161-2
Instrumental
PIANORAMA - Collection of Film Music for Piano BIS
BIS-CD-1326
Instrumental
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
SCHOENBERG / FRESCOBALDI / LIGETI: Organ Music BIS
BIS-CD-509
Instrumental
SZERVANSZKY / ORBAN / LIGETI / KURTAG: Wind Quintets BIS
BIS-CD-662
Chamber Music
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