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György Ligeti: Clear or Cloudy - Alfons Kontarsky (piano); Aloys Kontarsky (piano); Douglas Boyd (oboe); Ensemble InterContemporain; Gerd Zacher (organ); Gianluca Cascioli (piano); Hagen Quartett; Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet); Jacques Zoon (flute); James Sommerville (horn)
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  1. Sonata for cello
  2. Bagatelles (6) for wind quintet
  3. String Quartet No. 1 ("Métamorphoses nocturnes")
  4. Pieces (10) for wind quintet
  5. String Quartet No. 2
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  1. Sonata for cello
  2. Bagatelles (6) for wind quintet
  3. String Quartet No. 1 ("Métamorphoses nocturnes")
  4. Pieces (10) for wind quintet
  5. String Quartet No. 2
  6. Atmosphères, for large orchestra
  7. Volumina, for organ
  8. Lux aeterna, for 16 unaccompanied voices
  9. Study No. 1 "Harmonies," for organ
  10. Lontano, for orchestra
  11. Ramifications, for 12 strings (or string orchestra)
  12. Melodien, for orchestra (or chamber orchestra)
  13. Aventures, for 3 voices & 7 instruments
  14. Aventures & Nouvelles aventures, stage version of vocal works
  15. Cello Concerto
  16. Chamber Concerto, for 13 instruments
  17. Mysteries of the Macabre, for soprano & ensemble, or trumpet & piano/ensemble (arr. from "Le Grand Macabre" by E.Howarth)
  18. Double Concerto, for flute, oboe & orchestra
  19. Die große Schildkröten-Fanfare vom Südchinesischen Meer (The Big Turtle-Fanfare from the South China Sea), for trumpet & orchestra
  20. Pieces (3) for 2 pianos: Monument, Selbstporträt & Bewegung
  21. Etudes (6) for piano, Book 1: Etude 2: Cordes à vide. Andantino con moto, molto tenero
  22. Etudes (6) for piano, Book 1: Etude 4: Fanfares. Vivacissimo molto ritmico. Whole note equals 63, con allegria e slancio
  23. Piano Concerto
  24. Violin Concerto
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Deutsche Grammophon's budget-priced, four-CD collection of all the works by György Ligeti in its catalog has many things to commend it, beginning with the title. Clear or Cloudy is a profoundly astute description of the composer's career, encompassing both the great sound clouds of his micropolyphonic work of the 1960s, such as Atmosphères, Volumina, Lux aeterna, and Lontano, and the crystalline clarity of his early years, demonstrated in Six Bagatelles for wind quintet and his first String Quartet, as well as in his Etudes ...

György Ligeti: Clear or Cloudy 2006, Deutsche Grammophon

UPC: 028947764434

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