Gy÷rgy Ligeti: Keyboard Works (1997)
Representing virtually all phases of Gy÷rgy Ligeti's mercurial career, the keyboard works on this disc make a fitting rTsumT. While a number of the ... Show synopsis Representing virtually all phases of Gy÷rgy Ligeti's mercurial career, the keyboard works on this disc make a fitting rTsumT. While a number of the pieces here reflect his avant-garde innovations -- chiefly Continuum and Volumina -- others are more accessible and appealing. The Five Pieces for piano four hands (1942-1950) are stylistically similar to music by Bart=k and Poulenc, imbued with Hungarian color and rhythmic drive but presented with cosmopolitan flair and wit. The two Capriccios and the Invention (1947-1948) are exercises in dissonant counterpoint, yet the transparency of Ligeti's writing makes these pieces fairly easy to digest. Monument, Selbstportrait, and In zart flie¯ender Bewegung (1976) show Ligeti's interest in minimalism, particularly as they move parts in and out of phase and push restricted material to ultimate ends. The harpsichord pieces Passacaglia ungharese and Hungarian Rock (both 1978), fully exploit the instrument's timbral possibilities, while Continuum (1968) is a...
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