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György Ligeti Edition 3: Works for Piano (Etudes, Musica Ricercata) - Pierre-Laurent Aimard

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listen  1. Itudes pour piano (Premier livre): I. Disordre 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. II. Cordes ` vide 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Itudes pour piano (Premier livre): III. Touches bloquies 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. IV. Fanfares 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Itudes pour piano (Premier livre): V. Arc-en-ciel 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Itudes pour piano (Premier livre): VI. Automne ` Varsovie 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Itudes pour piano (Deuxihme livre): VII. Galamb borong 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Itudes Pour Piano (Deuxihme Livre): VIII. Fim 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Itudes pour piano (Deuxihme livre): IX. Vertige 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Itudes pour piano (Deuxihme livre): X. Der Zauberlehrling 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Itudes pour piano (Deuxihme livre): XI. En suspens 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. XII. Entrelacs 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Itudes Pour Piano (Deuxihme Livre): XIII. L'Escalier Du Diable 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Itudes pour piano (Deuxihme livre): XIV. Coloana infinita 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Musica ricercata: Nr. 1 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Musica ricercata: Nr. 2 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Musica ricercata: Nr. 3 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen19. Musica ricercata: Nr. 5 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen21. Nr. 7 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Musica ricercata: Nr. 8 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen24. Musica ricercata: Nr. 10 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Musica ricercata: Nr. 11 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. XV. White on White from Itudes pour piano (Troisihme livre) (Excerpt) 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029P0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Piano music is the theme of this third volume of Sony's "Gyorgy Ligeti Edition", the attempt (continued by Teldec's "The Ligeti Project") to collect all of the composer's work in new performances overseen by Ligeti himself. This disc contains the first two books of his magisterial "Etudes pour Piano" (with the first piece of Book Three), and his early "Musica Ricercata" set, played by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, one of the greatest pianists of contemporary repetoire and Ligeti's hand-picked choice.

The Etudes are the highlight of this disc. Begun in 1985 and with two books completed and one in progress, they are among the greatest contemporary works for that instrument, and while I am a great fan of Ligeti's micropolyphonic music of the 1960's and his various recent concertos, I think that it is the Etudes that will come to be seen as his masterpiece. They are incredibly difficult works for the virtuoso pianist, but they are inventive music as well. In Etude 1 "Desordre", the notes unravel according to chaos theory. In Etude 3 "Touchee Bloquees", the pianist plays ascending scales with one hand while the other hand silently presses keys down, creating gaps in the sequence. Etude 4 "Fanfares" and 10 "Der Zauberlehrling" take inspiration from African polyrhythms. Etude 14 "Coloana Infinita" is a musical represenation of Constatin Brancusi's sculpture in Targu Jiu. What I think makes the Etudes particularly fascinating is that some of them, most notably Etude 13 "Le escalier du diable" and 14 "Coloana Infinitia" are meant to be too fast for any human pianist, and their definitive versions are for player piano. ("which are collected on Gyorgy Ligeti Edition 5: Mechanical Music).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ligeti played by Aimard -- pure sparkle! June 11, 2003
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With the Ligeti Edition still in print and new installments of the Ligeti Project being released regularly, it's been a challenge to keep up. (A Ligeti benefactor, Vincent Meyer, has subsidized the gradual production of a complete set of composer-approved new recordings of all his compositions, the Edition/Project, first on Sony and now on Teldec.) I have finally acquired this set of "Works for Piano" performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Ligeti's pianist of choice, which includes Etudes 1-15, late works from the 1980s, and the "Musica ricercata," composed from 1951 to 1953 before Ligeti left Hungary. The early work gets better as it goes along, but is not as compelling as the etudes.

In the liner notes, Ligeti details many influences on his etudes, including the music of sub-Saharan Africa and its ethnomusicology, the jazz of Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, and the pianistic composers Scarlatti, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy. Very interesting, all that, but the sensibility of these pieces seems to me to be more a return to the early 20th century of Debussy and Bartok than anything else -- a postmodern stepping back from Ligeti's signature micropolyphony and subsequent elaborations of the period from the late 1950s to early '70s (for instance, "Atmospheres," "Requiem," "Lux Aeterna," and "String Quartet #2"). It's a turn toward a lighter tone, in contrast to the dark, serious work of the high modern avant-garde, and a new focus on rhythmic complexity. Many of these short works summon up a mood of dreamy fantasy and reverie -- a far cry from Boulez or Xenakis! The Etudes stand beside the "Piano Concerto" (played by Aimard on LIGETI PROJECT 1 -- see my review) and the "Violin Concerto" (played by Zimmerman on LIGETI PROJECT 3 -- see my review) as late Ligeti, 1980s compositions.

Delightful on all levels -- composition, performance and recording.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some of the finest music ever recorded. April 11, 2004
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Usually if you put someone in a hypothetical situation where they would be forced to give up sight or hearing, they choose hearing. Better to be deaf than blind, eh? But I would pick blindness because of music like this. Nothing compares to Ligeti's etudes for solo piano, composed in Ligeti's `later' phase. They are unlike anything else. Ligeti is influenced by everything from Conlon Nancarrow's works for player piano to Indonesian gamelan to African percussion music to the jazz of Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans to fractal geometry to Debussy to Chopin. And despite all these resources from which he draws ideas, the music is purely Ligeti's. They are diverse and intense, often beautiful, and always mind-expanding. They are also nowhere near as grim and dark as Ligeti's earlier avant-garde work, instead sounding quite joyful and pleasurable. There's the dizzying coiling of scales up and down the piano on "Vertige", the impressionistic harmonic structure and jazzy lyricism of "Arc-en-ciel", the simultaneous tempos of "White on White" and "Automne a Varsovie", and also "Desordre" (which shifting chords creating dual tempos), and the jazzy, churning "Fem", et cetera et cetera... all are masterful.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard's performances are outstanding. I also have Ligeti's etudes on BIS with Fredrik Ullen, so I can compare performances like a real classical reviewer. Ullen is sharper and more striking on pieces like "Der Zauberiehrling", "Desordre", and "Vertige". Aimard's pure, liquid grace enables him to better present the rhythmically lush "Automne a Varsovie" and "Galamb borong". Aimard's "Coloana infinita" is also more deliriously crushing and walking pieces like V and XI are a little better. Ullen plays faster for the most part, but Aimard paces them better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The standard by which all pianists who play this music aspire to. Awesome!! This is the recording to own in your collection.
Published 7 months ago by Paul J Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance. Fantastic composer. Etudes far superior to...
Ligeti is a brilliant, original, and influential composer. His etudes are seminal piano studies intended for concert performance. Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Laurence Devlin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD
I hadn't heard much Ligeti when I bought this. It quickly turned into one of my most-played CDs. Highly recommended.
Published on January 16, 2012 by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Aimard and Ligeti; the perfect combination
This recording is excellent. Ligeti is not heard often enough and Aimard is just the one to make the most of this music. Highly recommended.
Published on January 8, 2011 by jpbooklover
3.0 out of 5 stars Beats Biret for the Price. Underwater Piano Sound. Gets Ligeti....
I got Idil Biret's version on Naxos first. Her version of these Etudes is much slower and she does not get Ligeti like Aimard, but I find, surprisingly, that the Naxos piano sound... Read more
Published on September 12, 2010 by Dmitri
5.0 out of 5 stars jazzman
Composer Gyorgy Ligeti said about his "Works For Piano": "These are virtuosic piano pieces, etudes in the pianistic
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Published on January 13, 2010 by James K. Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Ligeti, but might be yours
Alas, I've never warmed to Ligeti's Piano Etudes, which I generally find to be a dilution of his more remarkable middle period works, or in some cases a pale imitation of the work... Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by Michael Schell
I so much liked an earlier album I'd bought by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Homage to Messiaen) that I ordered another. Read more
Published on November 11, 2009 by David Keymer
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Ligeti
I like the inventiveness of G. Ligeti. The Musica Ricercata Suite is a good and early example of his continuous search for new musical structures. Read more
Published on April 14, 2008 by Waldo Valderrama
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice micro-view of Ligeti's work
In the notes that accompany this CD, Ligeti explains that his piano compositions are the way he made up for his inadequacies as a player. Read more
Published on March 11, 2007 by Personne
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