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Complete a Capella Choral Works [Import]

Terry Edwards Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Us Import
  • ASIN: B0000029OX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen12. Lux Aeterna (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 7:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen14. Inaktelki nóták: I. Moderato (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 1:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen25. Drei Phantasien: III. Abenphantasie (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. I. Spiegelkanon (Nr. 9) (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Magyar Etüdök: II. (Nr. 49 + 40) (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. III. Vásár (Nr. 90) (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Parlando (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 1:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Allegro (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Húsvét (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Hortobágy: Parlando (rubato) (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Hortobágy: Allegro giusto (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen36. Andante (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Kállal kettös: Allegro molto (Voice)Terry Edwards;London Sinfonietta Voices 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A specialist's delight 29 Oct 2007
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This disc is beautifully sung - there are times when one forgets that the choral contributions are not from born-and-bred Hungarians. The more interesting music, notably Lux Aeterna and the three Hölderlin Phantasies, is more than just "well worth investigating" - Ligeti genuinely breaks new ground. My only hesitation here (hence just the four stars) is that I suspect some listeners will find the large numbers of very short "other" pieces, which draw heavily on Ligeti's Hungaro-Rumanian heritage, a little bit lacking in variety.
The disc is part of a wider and highly commendable project to commemorate and broaden appreciation of this original and free-thinking composer. You might also find the very fine contributions to this initiative from the Arditti and from Pierre-Laurent Aimard more than repaying your attention.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Performed Lux aeterna! 26 Nov 2007
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This disc contains rather mundane earlier choral works by Ligeti, composed under repression by Soviet dictatorship, many of them not without cerntain beauty though, but it also contains most chillingly atmospheric performance of Lux aeterna and other highly original choral masterpices, Three Fantasies after Holderlin and Hungarian Etudes, both performed brilliantly. Sony's recording technology is world's top class capturing amazing presence and detail, far better recorded than the DG version by Boulez.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sleek obsidian mystery 3 April 2010
By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Just to amplify the comments of the previous two reviewers really. I purchased this disc in the hope of finding more masterpieces in the manner of the iconic Lux Aeterna, my encounter with which at the tender age of 8, via Kubrick's visionary Space Odyssey, set me on the lifetime path of furthest musical adventures. The disc does include two works from the 80's which stand comparison with Lux Aeterna; the fifteen minute Three Fantasies after Hölderlin, and the somewhat briefer, but nonetheless rewarding Hungarian Etudes. The surrounding folk-inspired material from earlier in Ligeti's career is all very charming, some quite beautiful even, and in another context would be perfectly listenable. However, standing as they do in amidst their extraordinary and utterly alien kindred, it is hard not to hear them as just so much fluff to be got through before getting down to the real matter in hand. The other `advanced' works are absolutely fascinating, and break new ground in their own right, but they do not, and indeed are not even trying to emulate the epic symmetry of Lux. Nonetheless, the crystal clear recording and the superb performances mean that this is an essential disc for anyone else who has been smitten by the sleek, obsidian mystery that is Ligeti's Lux Aeterna.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lux Aeterna 23 Dec 1999
By M. Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
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When music historians write about the second half of the 20th century, Ligeti will be well remembered. If there is a soundtrack to the postwar era, with the hands of the doomsday clock pointing to five minutes to midnight, it is Ligeti's Lux Aeterna.
I don't know if that was his intent, but that work, his requiem and atmospheres, are indelibly engraved in my mind [along with Penderecki's Threnody] as the aural summation of the cold fear, tension and looming threat of the apocalypse. It is music of it's time, but of all time as well.
I was quite surprised, however, by the lyricism of the folk-inspired music on this disc. The variety -- from microtonalities to haunting modernist re-evaluations of Kodaly -- is amazing. The performances are first rate.
This disc is the 20th century.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a handful of great Ligeti works. 6 Sep 2004
By Lord Chimp - Published on Amazon.com
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As a compilation, musically speaking, Edition 2 is probably my least favorite of the Sony Ligeti Edition collection. Many of the pieces come from traditional Hungarian sources, conceived while Ligeti was still in his early years. They are pretty, but also pretty straightforward and conventional, and other than their simple pleasantness and occasionally yummy dissonances, they aren't really mindblowing like the best Ligeti. They are often very beautiful though. However, Edition 2 DOES feature one of the most harrowing, apocalyptic compositions of 20th century Western music, _Lux aeterna_. The profound tension in the quiet web of micropolyphonic voices is just devastating. Also great are the other later pieces, _Drei Phantasien nach Friedrich Holderlin_, three wild polyphony pieces from German literature, and _Magyar Etudok_, three very complex Hungarian etudes for 16 voices. Those pieces are all outstanding but honestly I think everything I've heard by Ligeti is worth hearing. Check out Ligeti edition 4 for more vocal works, some of which are the best of Ligeti's works.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite use of the voice 10 July 2002
By Junglies - Published on Amazon.com
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Bringing Ligeti's works to a wider public was one of the great services Stanley Kubrick performed for the world when Lux aeterna was included in the soundtrack for 2001: a Space Odyssey.
This album is a collection of a cappella choral works and which highlights Ligeti's great talent and skill in the use of the voice as a musical instrument. He, together with Yoko Ono, have excelled in this field though from different, sometimes conflicting directions.
When I listen to this I revel in it's glory. The sounds are ethereal and atmospheric, ghostly and angelic in a way that no-one but the composer can make them sound. I never want those sounds to end and in a way it is like having a sort of dependence.
I could go on and on and on about this but I had better stop. This is one essentila component of anyone's classical music collection yet it really defies categorisation. This is timeless, awesome music, not just for a generation but for a world. Lest Zeus strike me with a thunderbolt, these voices are sweeter and more angelic than the voices of the angels themselves.
Exquiiste. Words are insufficient to describe such beauty.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crystalline performances of Ligeti's uneven choral music 8 Dec 2009
By Michael Schell - Published on Amazon.com
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This disk contains one very important work, a few nice-to-have pieces, and quite a bit of filler that will mainly interest completists, singers and fans of vocal/choral music.

The centerpiece is Ligeti's famous setting of the Lux Aeterna communion that concludes the traditional Latin mass for the dead. Don't confuse this piece with the Requiem (LP4), which is for voices and orchestra and which actually omits this text. Rather, this is a standalone piece for 16 solo voices. Its micropolyphonic texture is very close to that of the Kyrie section from the Requiem, and like that movement, it was featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This, along with some contemporaneous works by Penderecki, is the purest expression of 1960s cluster and density music for unaccompanied voices. The performance is great. The London Sinfonietta Voices is a top notch vocal outfit specializing in contemporary music. Their intonation is solid, they can handle the soft entrances in extreme registers, and they're versatile enough to tackle this work's densely knit textures and bass falsettos while still putting on a credible performance of the Hungarian folk songs found elsewhere on the CD. My only quibble with this Lux Aeterna is that I would have personally preferred more reverberation, as this piece is supposed to be very soft and sound "from afar". Cappella Amsterdam's performance on Harmonia Mundi rather fits the bill in this regard.

Also interesting, though a step down from Lux Aeterna, are the three Fantasies after Friedrich Hölderlin, a transitional work that retains some of the style from Ligeti's middle period (especially Le Grand Macabre) but also points toward the more neoclassical tendencies of his late works. The third Fantasy includes a pretty violent setting of the words "Komm du nun" ("come now"). The Fantasies are dated 1982, the same year as the horn trio. The three short Hungarian Etudes came out the following year. These look back to Aventures and are more onomatopoetic than the Hölderlin Fantasies, almost excessively so in their literalism (perhaps Jannequin was a model too). Listeners whose affinity for choral music exceeds mine might find more in these works than I have. My general impression is that Ligeti did much better with either nonsense syllables (e.g., Clocks and Clouds, or Aventures/Nouvelles Aventures) or the rather detached Latin texts of the Requiem than he did with settings of vernacular languages (English, German, Hungarian and Romanian). His mature style so emphasizes tone color, and is so profound in its abstraction and multiplicity of interpretation, that linking it to a concrete text often undermines its essential power.

You get a booklet with Ligeti's program notes and texts and translations. Too bad Sony messed up the index references on the track list (which usually point to the wrong page in the booklet for locating the song texts). A score excerpt from Lux Aeterna would have been a nice touch, of the sort that Teldec supplies with the Ligeti Project single CDs.

Note that the Nonsense Madrigals for six unaccompanied voices are found on LE4.

Ligeti's early works were written while he was living in Hungary under the musical isolation and chafing oppression of Nazism followed by communism. Not surprisingly, most of the music he wrote during this time is dull. There are exceptions to this -- the first string quartet, the cello sonata and parts of Musica Ricercata -- but you won't find them on this CD. Instead, we get a lot of second-rate Bartók, or the sort of didactic, undifferentiated choral music that was written for amateurs throughout the 20th Century. The CD starts with 11 lackluster tracks of this music before you come to Lux Aeterna. Then it's back to Hungarian folksong settings for several more tracks before things get interesting again with the Hölderlin and Weöres settings, at which point another nine tracks of folkloristic music "to be sung rather than listened to" rounds out the CD.

And therein lays the trouble with the completist approach. Not only are these early choral works of inferior quality to Ligeti's later works, they are also stylistically disconnected from them. Lux Aeterna, for instance, is written in an international style that owes nothing to Eastern European folklore. However remarkable it is that the Latin text was set thusly by a Jewish man of Hungarian origin born in a region of Transylvania that's now part of Romania who taught in Hamburg and had Austrian citizenship (despite being more comfortable speaking English or Swedish than German), there's nothing in the music that rules out its being written by, say, a Polish composer or a Greek composer living in France (if you get my drift). Listening to this CD start-to-finish is like listening to those reissued CDs of Broadway musicals where the "extras" are tacked on in the form of deleted numbers, demo tracks, concert fantasies on the song themes, and so on. The material is interesting to us insiders, but my wife, who specializes in musical theater, deplores the letdown of having the show's natural finale immediately followed by an extraneous track that undermines what should be an integral aesthetic experience. This is the essential dilemma of these CDs, to which there's no easy answer, especially when they're organized by ensemble type. I guess I can say that if you're concerned by this, and want to focus only on Ligeti's major works, you might have a look at the Deutsche Grammophon set, in which every piece is an important composition, and where most of Ligeti's greatest music is offered in a concise four-CD collection.

I can't vouch for the Hungarian diction of these performers, but the Latin and German on the disk sounds OK, and you have the benediction of a recording made under Ligeti's supervision.

Note that as of March 2010 Sony has made the entire Ligeti Edition series available in an inexpensive nine-CD box set that includes this CD, so you should probably just buy that set instead of this single CD if you're interested in Ligeti's music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recording of Lux aeterna! 26 Nov 2007
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disc contains rather mundane earlier choral works by Ligeti, composed under repression by Soviet dictatorship, many of them not without cerntain beauty though, but it also contains most chillingly atmospheric performance of Lux aeterna and other highly original choral masterpices, Three Fantasies after Holderlin and Hungarian Etudes, both performed brilliantly. Sony's recording technology is world's top class capturing amazing presence and detail, far better recorded than the DG version by Boulez.
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