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listen  1. Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 1. Vivace molto ritmico e preciso - attacca subito:Ensemble InterContemporain 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 2. Lento e desertoEnsemble InterContemporain 7:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 3. Vivace cantabileEnsemble InterContemporain 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Ligeti: Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 5. Presto luminoso: fluido, costante, sempre molto ritmicoEnsemble InterContemporain 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ligeti: Cello Concerto (1966) - 1. Quarter = 40: AttaccaEnsemble InterContemporain 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ligeti: Cello Concerto (1966) - 2. (Lo stesso tempo)Ensemble InterContemporain 8:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 1. Praeludium: Vivacissimo luminoso - attacca:Ensemble InterContemporain 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 2. Aria, Hoquetus, Choral: Andante con moto - attacca:Ensemble InterContemporain 8:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 3. Intermezzo: Presto fluidoEnsemble InterContemporain 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 4. Passacaglia: Lento intensoEnsemble InterContemporain 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ligeti: Violin Concerto (1992) - 5. Appassionato: Agitato moltoEnsemble InterContemporain 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Saschko Gawriloff, Jean-Guihen Queyras
  • Orchestra: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Composer: György Ligeti
  • Audio CD (October 11, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GLN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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These are three of György Ligeti's more popular works, with the word "popular" used with some hesitation. Ligeti is about as post-modern as you can get. The works here are played quite aggressively by the Ensemble InterContemporain, but I prefer the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra on Sony 58945. I do like Boulez's take on the Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra. It's a practically silent work, almost impossible to play--but the Ensemble InterContemporain pulls it off. The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra is also expertly played. Ligeti is an acquired taste. If Ligeti is your man, you'll want this release. --Paul Cook

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Now, c'mon Sony, give us the orchestral works!
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The cello concerto is darker than these later concertos, like a lot of earlier Ligeti music.
Lord Chimp
Sound quality is excellent and Boulez as usual ensures an excellent performance.
Peter Elliot

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Archel on October 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When I first bought this I thought of Ligeti as a distinguished atonal, postmodern composer, but have since discovered that he is much more unique than that description suggests. He is beyond tonality and atonality, and beyond postmodernism. In his own words: "the ironic theatricalizing of the past is quite foreign to me."
Written between 1985 and 1992, the Piano Concerto and Violin Concerto together are supposed to demonstrate the full expressive range of his later works. The Piano Concerto is a whirlwind of rhythmically driven fantasies, created by precise, almost mechanical, colliding cross-rhythms, and twisted, sprightly melodies. The Violin Concerto is just as quirky and jarring, but wilder and more impassioned, less 'mechanical,' more vigorous, and ultimately the highlight of the disc. I find Perre Laurent-Aimard's second version of the Piano Concerto, with the Schonberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw's, more enjoyable than this recording, but of the two available recordings of the Violin Concerto this seems to be widely considered the better (the only one I've heard).
All of the compositions on the disc demonstrate amazingly effective use of space and time, and advanced virtuosity at the absolute service of artistic vision. Excellent recording.
For me, as a newcomer to modern 'classical' music, this disc demanded some serious listening adjustment, attention and patience, but it was well worth the effort. Judging by the liner notes, a degree in music theory might also have been of great help, but I don't think I am prepared to go THAT far to fully appreciate these remarkable musical/sonic experiences.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on May 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ligeti is my favorite composer, and Bartok. This is an excellent disc. As a compilation of three excellent, major Ligeti works (the cello concerto is great; the piano and violin concertos are masterpieces), this makes for an excellent introduction to Ligeti's unique, avant-garde world. Because of the excellent performances (Pierre Boulez conducting his Ensemble Intercontemporain, with pure virtuosos on the featured solo instruments), this should be owned by all Ligeti lovers as well.
Ligeti's sonic arrangements seem preternaturally conceived. Musical analysis for this is basically out of my league so I will just provide general comments. The violin concerto is Ligeti's most organic use of the orchestra. Although Saschko Gawriloff's violin is obviously the most prominent and active instrument, it is very much the root of the music that gives rise to the orchestral extrapolations. The piano concerto is similar in this regard, but its core extends from the piano's attack and is mechanical and forceful, more explicitly polyrhythmic and convolutedly metered, rather than the violin's sinuousness and the watery movement of the orchestra (that can be both fierce and placid). Ligeti is very good at thinking for the instruments in that way. I have come to prefer this version of Ligeti's concerto for piano and orchestra over the one on Teldec's Ligeti Project I, although on that one Aimard really nails the third movement. It is also great and worth hearing. This performance of the violin concerto is also better than one on Ligeti Project III, although it too is of value. The cello concerto is darker than these later concertos, like a lot of earlier Ligeti music. This mysterious piece that begins with cello playing a single note that is nearly silent.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Robinson on July 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Yes! This is one of the best cds I own...amazing! I'm not that into the Cello concerto, it's in Ligeti's old "cloud" style and if you are intersted in that then check out one of his other old pieces, such as Atmospheres or Lontano(!)...I think they're better. BUT, the Violin Concerto is sooooo great. It's really busy and active and noisy and atonal (and micro-tonal!), but still clear and not messy. The first movment in particular is great...although harmonically complex (to say the least), it does have this certain tonal center at some parts. Oh yeah, the Piano Concerto is almost as cool....similar in style. Finally, both of these soloists are perfect. In fact, I believe that each of them (violin and piano...I don' know about cello) are the original soloist's Ligeti wrote the pieces for. Buy this cd!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm giving it five stars because the piano concerto is my favorite of post-war concerti. It is exhausting, but thrilling and ultimately absolutely satisfying. It is controlled chaos, a derailled train that manages to stay on course for hundreds of miles. In an onlslaught of aggressive syncopations, isorhythms, and quick tempi, you can pick apart themes reminiscent of Bartok and eastern european folk music. I'm not sure how the harmonies were conceived - quartal, pitch set, or what - but the result is surprising and exciting.
The other concerti are enjoyable, but I listen to the piano concerto much more frequently.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Elliot on September 15, 2001
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This CD provides an excellent introduction to the work of Gyorgy Ligeti. Sound quality is excellent and Boulez as usual ensures an excellent performance. Each of the three works provides a different focus on Ligeti's music. The piano concerto at first can appear overly dissonant but with repeated listening is full of humor. The Cello Concerto demonstrates Ligeti's interest with unstable sonorities, and has a correlation with the music of Cage in its emphasis on single pitches as static events. The violin Concerto is a personal favorite, with its ascending arpegiatted tone clusters. An important record.
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