French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is particularly committed to contemporary music. He has been the soloist in several premieres of works by Boulez, Stockhausen, and György Ligeti. These recordings of Ligeti piano works, taped in December 1995, feature Aimard masterly playing the first two books of etudes, Musica Ricercata, and the world premiere recording of a piano etude of the third book. The interpretations of these highly virtuosic pieces are mesmerizing and the music itself so strongly beautiful and charismatic, breathtaking and fascinating. No surprise that some extracts from Musica Ricercata have been used by movie director Stanley Kubrick in his Eyes Wide Shut. Add a nice CD packaging with liner notes by the composer himself (explaining his influences that include modern jazz piano), a fabulously natural and dynamic recorded sound of the piano and a low price. Absolutely recommended.