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Ligeti - The Complete Piano Music

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1683-84
Release date2006-08-25
Discs2

Classics Today 10/10; Music Web International: outstanding.

This release coincides with the recent passing away of György Ligeti. It consists of his complete music for piano and includes previously unrecorded works, making it the only comprehensive survey so far of a genre in which this great figure of 20th century music was active until the very last years of his life. On it Fredrik Ullén, who in Gramophone has been described as ‘a pianist as stylish as he is scintillating’, combines newly recorded material with two discs (BIS-CD-783 and 983 from 1996 and 1998, respectively) which at the time of their release received a number of distinctions as well as the highest possible praise by the reviewers. ‘To hear Ullén fly through Die Zauberlehrling is to understand the meaning of a great over competent performance. Small wonder Ligeti trusts the man!’ and ‘a superb reference recording!’ was the verdict for BIS-CD-783 in Fanfare and in Fono Forum. The follow-up was greeted no less enthusiastically: ‘Ullén continues his series as he began it: imbued with the finest touch and rhythmic exactitude’ (Diapason) and ‘This is a very fine disc’ (Répertoire). To this material has been added the two Études of book three composed after the release of the previous discs, as well as the world première recordings of L’arrache-cœur (composed in 1994 and originally intended as Étude No. 11) and Four Early Piano Pieces, from 1941 and thus among the earliest preserved Ligeti pieces.
 
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Études pour piano, 1er livre (1985) 17:55
01 1. Désordre 02:13 $ 0.33 USD
02 2. Cordes à vide 03:06 $ 0.47 USD
03 3. Touches bloquées 01:46 $ 0.27 USD
04 4. Fanfares 03:16 $ 0.49 USD
05 5. Arc-en-cie 03:30 $ 0.53 USD
06 6. Automne à Varsovie 04:04 $ 0.61 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Études pour piano, 2ème livre (1988-93) 20:57
07 7. Galamb borong 02:19 $ 0.35 USD
08 8. Fém 02:28 $ 0.37 USD
09 9. Vertige 02:20 $ 0.35 USD
10 10. Der Zauberlehrling 02:14 $ 0.34 USD
11 11. En suspens 02:27 $ 0.37 USD
12 12. Entrelacs 02:43 $ 0.41 USD
13 13. L’escalier du diable 05:04 $ 0.76 USD
14 14. Coloana infinită 01:22 $ 0.21 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Études pour piano, 3ème livre (1995-2001) 09:44
15 15. White on White 03:05 $ 0.46 USD
16 16. Pour Irina 02:56 $ 0.44 USD
17 17. À bout de souffle 02:15 $ 0.34 USD
18 18. Canon 01:28 $ 0.22 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  L’arrache-cœur (1994)
19 L’arrache-cœur (1994) 04:29 $ 0.67 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Four Early Piano Pieces (Basso Ostinato) 02:17
01 I. Allegro 00:35 $ 0.09 USD
02 II. Allegretto 00:33 $ 0.08 USD
03 III. Tréfás moderato 00:42 $ 0.11 USD
04 IV. Allegro vivace 00:27 $ 0.07 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Induló (Allegro) (March) for piano four hands (1942)
05 Induló (Allegro) (March) for piano four hands (1942) 02:06 $ 0.32 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Polifón etüd (Allegro comodo) (Polyphonic Étude) for piano four hands (1943)
06 Polifón etüd (Allegro comodo) (Polyphonic Étude) for
piano four hands (1943)
01:40 $ 0.25 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Allegro for piano four hands (1943)
07 Allegro for piano four hands (1943) 00:39 $ 0.10 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Due Capricci (1947) 04:19
08 Capriccio No.1. Allegretto capriccioso 02:18 $ 0.35 USD
09 Capriccio No.2. Allegro robusto 02:01 $ 0.30 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Invention (Resoluto) (1948)
10 Invention (Resoluto) (1948) 01:08 $ 0.17 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Sonatina for piano four hands (1950) 04:15
11 I. Allegro 01:07 $ 0.17 USD
12 II. Andante 01:51 $ 0.28 USD
13 III. Vivace 01:17 $ 0.19 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Három lakodalmi tánc (Three Wedding Dances) for piano four hands (1950) 02:51
14 1. A kapuban a szekér (The Cart is at the Gate). Allegro 00:26 $ 0.07 USD
15 2. Hopp ide tisztán (Quickly come here pretty). Andantino 01:31 $ 0.23 USD
16 3. Csángó forgós (Circling Dance). Allegro 00:54 $ 0.14 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Musica Ricercata for piano (1951-53) 26:49
17 1. Sostenuto – Misurato – Prestissimo 02:20 $ 0.35 USD
18 2. Mesto, rigido e ceremoniale 03:26 $ 0.52 USD
19 3. Allegro con spirito 01:04 $ 0.16 USD
20 4. Tempo di valse (poco vivace – ‘à l’orgue de
Barbarie’)
02:17 $ 0.34 USD
21 5. Rubato. Lamentoso 03:36 $ 0.54 USD
22 6. Allegro molto capriccioso 00:46 $ 0.12 USD
23 7. Cantabile, molto legato 03:58 $ 0.60 USD
24 8. Vivace. Energico 00:57 $ 0.14 USD
25 9. (Béla Bartók in memoriam) Adagio. Mesto – Allegro
maestoso
02:46 $ 0.42 USD
26 10. Vivace. Capriccioso 01:12 $ 0.18 USD
27 11. (Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi) Andante misurato e
tranquillo
04:27 $ 0.67 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Chromatische Phantasie (1956)
28 Chromatische Phantasie (1956) 05:32 $ 0.83 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Trois Bagatelles for piano (1961) 01:16
29 I. 00:27 $ 0.07 USD
30 II. 00:17 $ 0.04 USD
31 III. 00:32 $ 0.08 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ligeti, György
  Monument – Self portrait – Movement. Three Pieces for two pianos (1976) 18:07
32 1. Monument 05:13 $ 0.78 USD
33 2. Selbstportrait mit Reich und Riley (und Chopin ist auch
dabei)
08:27 $ 1.27 USD
34 3. In zart fließender Bewegung 04:27 $ 0.67 USD
 
  Album total 02:04:04
ComposerLigeti, György
PianoUllén, Fredrik

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