Ligeti: Melodien for orchestra

This page lists all recordings of Melodien for orchestra, by György Ligeti (1923-2006) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Ligeti: Atmosphères

Ligeti: Atmosphères


Ligeti:

Atmosphères

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Volumina

Gerd Zacher

Lux aeterna

Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks

Organ Study No. 1 'Harmonies'

Gerd Zacher

Lontano

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Ramifications

Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Melodien for orchestra

London Sinfonietta, David Atherton


DG 20C - 4790567

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Ligeti: Concertos

Ligeti: Concertos


Ligeti:

Cello Concerto

Christian Poltéra (cello)

Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments

Melodien for orchestra

Piano Concerto

Joonas Ahonen (piano)


BIT20 Ensemble, Baldur Brönnimann

Described as ‘one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time’, György Ligeti (1923 – 2006) was able to constantly reinvent himself. In his earliest works, written in Communist Hungary, the musical language is often an extension of that of Bartók’s and he kept his most daring compositions to himself. Escaping Hungary in 1956 he was able to revel in the freedom to experiment – with electronic techniques as well as elaborate serialism – but he was forever sceptical of schools and steered his own course throughout life. The 1960s and early 70s were a highly productive period, which saw works such as Lux Aeterna and Lontano, as well as three of the works on the present disc. In the Cello Concerto and the Chamber Concerto, Ligeti in different ways explores the idea of the concerto as something collective, rather than polarised between the one and the many. The Cello Concerto is striking, and even provocative, in that the soloist often seems to aspire to silence and even absence rather than virtuosic display. The Chamber Concerto, on the other hand, dazzles because here all 13 players are unmistakably present, all essential to the design and character of the whole. Like the Cello Concerto – and the Piano Concerto – Melodien can be performed by large orchestra, but also, as on the present recording, with a single string player per part, becoming a natural pendant to the Chamber Concerto. The disc closes with the Piano Concerto from 1988, which Ligeti had begun sketching eight years earlier but was only able to proceed with after having composed his first set of studies for piano solo. Ligeti himself described the five-movement work as a statement of his ‘aesthetic credo’. Performing these complex scores is the Norwegian specialist ensemble BIT 20 under the Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann, with soloists Christian Poltéra and Joonas Ahonen, making his first appearance on the BIS label.

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Ligeti and Kurtág at Carnegie Hall

Ligeti and Kurtág at Carnegie Hall


Kurtág:

Messages of the Late Miss R.V. Troussova, Op. 17

Poems (4) by Anna Akhmatova, Op. 41

Ligeti:

Melodien for orchestra


Umze Ensemble, Péter Eötvös

BMC - BMC162

(CD)

$14.25

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Ligeti: Melodien, Double Concerto, Chamber Concerto etc.

Ligeti: Melodien, Double Concerto, Chamber Concerto etc.


Ligeti:

Melodien for orchestra

London Sinfonietta, David Atherton

Double Concerto for Flute and Oboe

Aurèle Nicolet (flute), Heinz Holliger (oboe)

London Sinfonietta, David Atherton

Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments

London Sinfonietta, David Atherton

Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet

Wiener Bläsersolisten


Decca - 4256232

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Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Ligeti:

String Quartet No. 1 'Métamorphoses nocturnes'

Sonata for Cello solo

Melodien for orchestra

String Quartet No. 2


DG 20/21 - E4743272

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The Ligeti Project, Volume 1

The Ligeti Project, Volume 1


Ligeti:

Melodien for orchestra

Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments

Piano Concerto

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Mysteries of the Macabre


Asko Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw

Teldec - 8573839532

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Ligeti - Clear or Cloudy

Ligeti - Clear or Cloudy


Ligeti:

Sonata for Cello solo

Matt Haimovitz

Six Bagatelles for wind quintet

Jacques Zoon, Douglas Boyd, Richard Hosford, James Sommerville, Matthew Wilkie, Claudio Abbado

String Quartet No. 1 'Métamorphoses nocturnes'

Hagen Quartett

Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet

Wiener Bläsersolisten

String Quartet No. 2

LaSalle Quartet

Atmosphères

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Volumina

Lux aeterna

Helmut Franz

Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks

Organ Study No. 1 'Harmonies'

Gerd Zacher

Lontano

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Ramifications

Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Melodien for orchestra

London Sinfonietta, David Atherton

Aventures

Cello Concerto

Jean-Guihen Queyras

Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments

Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Mysteries of the Macabre

arr. Elgar Howarth

Håkan Hardenberger, Roland Pöntinen

Double Concerto for Flute and Oboe

Jacques Zoon & Douglas Boyd

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado

The Big Turtle-Fanfare from the South China Sea

Håkan Hardenberger

Pieces (3) for two pianos

Aloys Kontarsky, Alfons Kontarsky

Étude No. 4 'Fanfares'

Gianluca Cascioli

Piano Concerto

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Violin Concerto

Saschko Gawriloff

Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Étude No. 2 'Cordes à vide'

Gianluca Cascioli


BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - December 2006

DG Collectors Edition - 4776443

(CD - 4 discs)

$23.25

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The Ligeti Project Volumes 1-5

The Ligeti Project Volumes 1-5


Ligeti:

Apparitions

Articulation for Tape

Atmosphères

Aventures

Ballad and Dance

Cello Concerto

Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments

Clocks and Clouds

Romanian Concerto

Double Concerto for Flute and Oboe

Hamburg Concerto

Lontano

Melodien for orchestra

Musica Ricercata for piano

8 pieces

Mysteries of the Macabre

arr. Elgar Howarth

Nouvelles Aventures

Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances

Piano Concerto

Ramifications

version for 12 solo strings

Requiem

San Francisco Polyphony

Sippal, dobbal, nadihegeduvel (Pipes, drums, fiddles)

Sonata for Cello solo

The Big Turtle-Fanfare from the South China Sea

Violin Concerto


This Teldec collection was a project close to György Ligeti’s heart – the pioneering Hungarian composer was actively involved in the recording process up until his death in 2006. The artists had long-standing relationships with Ligeti and his work, both in the studio and in concert: pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Schönberg and Asko Ensembles led by Reinbert de Leeuw. The liner notes, written by Ligeti himself, contain a brilliant and illustrative essay about the genesis and composition of each work. From the massed sonic clouds of the orchestral masterpiece Atmosphères to rarities like Elgar Howarth’s arrangements of excerpts from the opera Le Grand Macabre and Max Bonnay’s accordion transcription of Musica Ricercata, this 5-CD set reveals the iconoclastic genius of Ligeti as well as his sharp musical sense of humour.

Warner Classics - 2564602858

(CD - 5 discs)

$26.25

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