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Boulez Conducts Ligeti [CD]

Pierre Boulez, Ensemble Intercontemporain Audio CD
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  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Saschko Gawriloff
  • Orchestra: Paris Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Composer: Gyorgy Ligeti
  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000001GLN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. György Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 1. Vivace molto ritmico e preciso - attacca subito:Pierre-Laurent Aimard 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. György Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 2. Lento e desertoPierre-Laurent Aimard 7:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. György Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 3. Vivace cantabilePierre-Laurent Aimard 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. György Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 4. Allegro risoluto, molto ritmico - attacca subito:Pierre-Laurent Aimard 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. György Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 5. Presto luminoso: fluido, costante, sempre molto ritmicoPierre-Laurent Aimard 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. György Ligeti: Cello Concerto (1966) - 1. Quarter = 40: AttaccaJean-Guihen Queyras 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. György Ligeti: Cello Concerto (1966) - 2. (Lo stesso tempo)Jean-Guihen Queyras 8:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. György Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 1. Praeludium: Vivacissimo luminoso - attacca:Saschko Gawriloff 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. György Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 2. Aria, Hoquetus, Choral: Andante con moto - attacca:Saschko Gawriloff 8:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. György Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 3. Intermezzo: Presto fluidoSaschko Gawriloff 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. György Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 4. Passacaglia: Lento intensoSaschko Gawriloff 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. György Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 5. Appassionato: Agitato moltoSaschko Gawriloff 7:13£0.79  Buy MP3 

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violin , Piano, Cello, Concertos of Ligeti 14 Jan 2008
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What a really fine CD. The music is so expressive with wonderful haunting melodies, especially in the 2nd movements of the Piano and Violin Concertos. The playing by the soloists and the orcherstra, under the guidance of Pierre Boulez, is superb. A real must for Ligeti fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too quirky by half? 2 Nov 2013
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I had never tasted Ligeti until listening to an orchestral encore at the recent Proms - the finale of his Romanian Concerto - which I found brilliant, as did the audience. The only other of his works I have liked so far is his piece for 100 metronomes. But he is such an amazingly prolific composer that he must have something for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the extreme effort 7 Oct 2003
By Archel - Published on
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When I first bought this I thought of Ligeti as a distinguished atonal, postmodern composer, but have since discovered that he is much more unique than that description suggests. He is beyond tonality and atonality, and beyond postmodernism. In his own words: "the ironic theatricalizing of the past is quite foreign to me."
Written between 1985 and 1992, the Piano Concerto and Violin Concerto together are supposed to demonstrate the full expressive range of his later works. The Piano Concerto is a whirlwind of rhythmically driven fantasies, created by precise, almost mechanical, colliding cross-rhythms, and twisted, sprightly melodies. The Violin Concerto is just as quirky and jarring, but wilder and more impassioned, less 'mechanical,' more vigorous, and ultimately the highlight of the disc. I find Perre Laurent-Aimard's second version of the Piano Concerto, with the Schonberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw's, more enjoyable than this recording, but of the two available recordings of the Violin Concerto this seems to be widely considered the better (the only one I've heard).
All of the compositions on the disc demonstrate amazingly effective use of space and time, and advanced virtuosity at the absolute service of artistic vision. Excellent recording.
For me, as a newcomer to modern 'classical' music, this disc demanded some serious listening adjustment, attention and patience, but it was well worth the effort. Judging by the liner notes, a degree in music theory might also have been of great help, but I don't think I am prepared to go THAT far to fully appreciate these remarkable musical/sonic experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great works and performances, and you must have it. 8 May 2004
By Lord Chimp - Published on
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Ligeti is my favorite composer, and Bartok. This is an excellent disc. As a compilation of three excellent, major Ligeti works (the cello concerto is great; the piano and violin concertos are masterpieces), this makes for an excellent introduction to Ligeti's unique, avant-garde world. Because of the excellent performances (Pierre Boulez conducting his Ensemble Intercontemporain, with pure virtuosos on the featured solo instruments), this should be owned by all Ligeti lovers as well.
Ligeti's sonic arrangements seem preternaturally conceived. Musical analysis for this is basically out of my league so I will just provide general comments. The violin concerto is Ligeti's most organic use of the orchestra. Although Saschko Gawriloff's violin is obviously the most prominent and active instrument, it is very much the root of the music that gives rise to the orchestral extrapolations. The piano concerto is similar in this regard, but its core extends from the piano's attack and is mechanical and forceful, more explicitly polyrhythmic and convolutedly metered, rather than the violin's sinuousness and the watery movement of the orchestra (that can be both fierce and placid). Ligeti is very good at thinking for the instruments in that way. I have come to prefer this version of Ligeti's concerto for piano and orchestra over the one on Teldec's Ligeti Project I, although on that one Aimard really nails the third movement. It is also great and worth hearing. This performance of the violin concerto is also better than one on Ligeti Project III, although it too is of value. The cello concerto is darker than these later concertos, like a lot of earlier Ligeti music. This mysterious piece that begins with cello playing a single note that is nearly silent. Different layers are added and it develops more as a texture-minded concerto than a solo-minded one. The second movement is distinctly contrasted with second, an aggressive array of multiple fractured melodies and interlocking meters. It fades out like it started, with cello alone, but now as a scratchy vibrato. It's good, I have nothing bad to say about it, but it doesn't reach the level of the later concertos.
This is brilliant music. Buy it even if you think avant-garde is scary.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal 20th Century Composer 15 Sep 2001
By Peter Elliot - Published on
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This CD provides an excellent introduction to the work of Gyorgy Ligeti. Sound quality is excellent and Boulez as usual ensures an excellent performance. Each of the three works provides a different focus on Ligeti's music. The piano concerto at first can appear overly dissonant but with repeated listening is full of humor. The Cello Concerto demonstrates Ligeti's interest with unstable sonorities, and has a correlation with the music of Cage in its emphasis on single pitches as static events. The violin Concerto is a personal favorite, with its ascending arpegiatted tone clusters. An important record.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars frenetic 12 Dec 2001
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I'm giving it five stars because the piano concerto is my favorite of post-war concerti. It is exhausting, but thrilling and ultimately absolutely satisfying. It is controlled chaos, a derailled train that manages to stay on course for hundreds of miles. In an onlslaught of aggressive syncopations, isorhythms, and quick tempi, you can pick apart themes reminiscent of Bartok and eastern european folk music. I'm not sure how the harmonies were conceived - quartal, pitch set, or what - but the result is surprising and exciting.
The other concerti are enjoyable, but I listen to the piano concerto much more frequently.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Yes Yes! 22 July 2001
By Nathan Robinson - Published on
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Yes! This is one of the best cds I own...amazing! I'm not that into the Cello concerto, it's in Ligeti's old "cloud" style and if you are intersted in that then check out one of his other old pieces, such as Atmospheres or Lontano(!)...I think they're better. BUT, the Violin Concerto is sooooo great. It's really busy and active and noisy and atonal (and micro-tonal!), but still clear and not messy. The first movment in particular is great...although harmonically complex (to say the least), it does have this certain tonal center at some parts. Oh yeah, the Piano Concerto is almost as cool....similar in style. Finally, both of these soloists are perfect. In fact, I believe that each of them (violin and piano...I don' know about cello) are the original soloist's Ligeti wrote the pieces for. Buy this cd!
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