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Complete Piano Music

Ligeti , Ullen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B000HT34NO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,133,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ullen VS Aimard 26 Nov 2007
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Disc one contains all the three books of Etudes and disc two includes strikingly original Ligeti masterpiece, Musica ricercata and breath takingly intricate Three Pieces for two pianos, and less known yet highly evocative works for four hands and other earlier works.

In Etude Book 1, Ullen plays most of the pieces slightly slower than Aimard whoes pianism is technically more refined, but from Book 2 on Ullen gets better and better. While Aimard's rendition of Etudes is more impressionistic focussing on tonal colour, Ullen's playing is more percussive with Prokofiev-like aggressiveness, accentuating complexity and structure of each piece with less use of pedal. With slower Etudes his playing does not lack sensitivity and tonal delicacy.

Ullen captures chillingly nightmarish atmosphere of Musica ricercata far better than Aimard. Three Pieces for Two Pianos are mesmerizingly complex and thrilling. Each paino part is played by Ullen and over-dubbed later. Overall, if you love Ligeti's music, this is hugely enjoyable set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ullen VS Aimard 26 Nov 2007
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Disc one contains all the three books of Etudes and disc two includes strikingly original Ligeti masterpiece, Musica ricercata and breath takingly intricate Three Pieces for two pianos, and less known yet highly evocative works for four hands and other earlier works.

In Etude Book 1, Ullen plays most of the pieces slightly slower than Aimard whoes pianism is technically more refined, but from Book 2 on Ullen gets better and better. While Aimard's rendition of Etudes is more impressionistic focussing on tonal colour, Ullen's playing is more percussive with Prokofiev-like aggressiveness, accentuating complexity and structure of each piece with less use of pedal. With slower Etudes his playing does not lack sensitivity and tonal delicacy.

Ullen captures chillingly nightmarish atmosphere of Musica ricercata far better than Aimard. Three Pieces for Two Pianos are mesmerizingly complex and thrilling. Each paino part is played by Ullen and over-dubbed later. Overall, if you love Ligeti's music, this is hugely enjoyable set.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand playing 5 Oct 2007
By H. Stokar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ullen is one of the finest living pianists. A shame he is not better known here in the USA. These recordings of Ligeti's Etudes are riviting. You cannot do better for these works. Also, excellent audio engineering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect compliment to Aimard's set 8 Dec 2007
By Vanilor - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this set wanting to hear another pianist's take on Ligeti's etudes. These works are so difficult only a handful of pianists have ever played more than one or two of them, and to the best of my knowledge, Fredrik Ullen is the only pianist to record all three books. Well, anyone who enjoys Aimard's interpretations will love Fredrik Ullen's just as well. As the other reviewer mentioned, he does take some of them at slightly slower tempos. This is particularly noticeable in "White On White" - the treacherous section about two minutes in sounds completely different here.

In addition to the etudes, you get fine renditions of all the rest of Ligeti's piano music, including several world premieres: "L'Arrache-Coeur" (originally intended as Etude No. 11), and the Chromatische Phantasie, are the most substantial new works included.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A basket of briquettes? 10 May 2011
By S Svendsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The pianist, Frederik Ullen, performs masterfully Ligeti's idiosyncratic freespirited experimental compositions. Some evoke mental impressions like "raindrops on tin roofs," "rats attack the xylophone," "peas and pebbles in a pot" and "melancholia by the Danube." These CDs are for devoted Ligeti aficionados. There are reasons why this piano music is very seldom heard by a paying audience.
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