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BIS present a chronological exploration of the music of György Ligeti.
The exploration begins with a brief piece for solo piano written when he was studying in Budapest and ends with his final compositions, also for solo piano.
The disc highlights a number of works which demonstrate the kaleidoscopic qualities of the composer – from the sense of humour displayed in the Six Bagatelles to the otherworldliness of Lux Aeterna (used by Stanley Kubrick in his film 2001 – A Space Odyssey), and the sheer mass of Volumina for organ.
The disc brings together some seminal Ligeti works in interpretations that were highly praised when originally released.
Gyorgy Ligeti: Invention
Gyorgy Ligeti: 6 Bagatelles
No. 1. Allegro con spirito
No. 2. Rubato - Lamentoso
No. 3. Allegro grazioso
No. 4. Presto ruvido
No. 5. Adagio - Mesto (Bela Bartok in memoriam)
No. 6. Molto vivace - Capriccioso
Gyorgy Ligeti: Volumina
Gyorgy Ligeti: Lux aeterna
Gyorgy Ligeti: 10 Pieces
No. 1. Molto sostenuto e calmo
No. 2. Prestissimo minaccioso e burlesco
No. 3. Lento
No. 4. Prestissimo leggiero e virtuoso
No. 5. Prestissimo staccatissimo e leggiero
No. 6. Prestissimo staccatissimo e leggiero
No. 7. Vivo, energico
No. 8. Allegro con delicatezza
No. 9. Sostenuto, stridente
No. 10. Presto bizzarro e rubato
Gyorgy Ligeti: Viola Sonata
I. Hora Lunga
IV. Prestissimo con sordino
VI. Chaconne chromatique
Gyorgy Ligeti: Etudes, Book 1
Etudes, Book 1: No. 3. Touches bloquees
Gyorgy Ligeti: Etudes, Book 3
No. 18. Canon
No. 17. A bout de souffle
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