Various Artists

1948-2001: A Ligeti Odyssey

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Intended as a reference to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the title of this CD points out perhaps the most famous of György Ligeti's compositions and its important use in that film. Lux Aeterna for a cappella choir (1966), among other pieces by Ligeti, was heard in the soundtrack to haunting effect, and many listeners discovered his mysterious and evocative music through its use there. Yet 1948-2001: A Ligeti Odyssey is a compilation of works that were recorded by BIS between 1994 and 2006, and it shows the diversity of his output from a career of over five decades and far beyond the cutting-edge pieces used by Kubrick. While Ligeti became famous for his avant-garde music, such as the cluster-piece, Volumina for organ (1961-1962), and the dense Ten Pieces for wind quintet (1968), not all of his music fell under the experimental rubric. The Invention for piano (1948), and the Six Bagatelles for wind quintet (1953) reflect a preoccupation with neo-classicism, and the Sonata for solo viola (1991-1994), and the Études for piano (1985-2001) exhibit styles that reveal the far from radical influence of his compatriot, Béla Bartók. While this album doesn't attempt to give a well-rounded portrait of Ligeti, it provides samples of his work in first-rate performances, and it serves as a decent introduction to the composer.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:16
Six Bagatelles, for wind quintet
2 1:05
3 3:12
4 2:29
5 1:06
6 2:24
7 1:26
8 17:40
9 8:26
Ten Pieces, for wind quintet
10 2:21
11 0:48
12 1:40
13 0:50
14 0:29
15 1:03
16 1:01
17 2:44
18 1:08
19 1:08
Sonata for Solo Viola
20 5:38
21 2:38
22 6:12
23 1:34
24 3:29
25 3:23
Études pour piano
26 1:51
27 1:34
Études pour piano
28 2:38
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