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Gyorgy Ligeti: Works Box set, Import


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  • Performer: Arditti String Quartet, Terry Edwards, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Rosemary Hardy, Pierre Charial, et al.
  • Composer: Gyorgy Ligeti
  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00303WQMO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on March 17, 2010
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It's great that Sony has now reissued the entire Ligeti Edition, all 9 discs, in one box (no jewel cases, discs in cardboard sleeves). I would give it 5 stars, especially at the price (about $4/disc if you pay full price), but the compositions are not all of the highest quality, so I've tried to be realistic with my rating for the benefit of those new to Ligeti. This GYORGY LIGETI WORKS box is not the place to start for someone merely curious about Ligeti. It is a necessity for anyone who is a serious fan or musicologist who does not already have the entire set as originally issued in the late 1990s. Ligeti's liner notes for each of the 8 volumes are included in both English and German, and only a few photos from the original releases are missing, so this box is a perfectly acceptable replacement for the original separate discs if you are a collector looking to complete the set.

I consider Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006) to be one of the three greatest composers of the late 20th century, along with Elliott Carter and Iannis Xenakis. But the strength of this collection is its weakness -- it includes every approved composition of Ligeti, including his earliest works from Hungary before he became known and before he developed his recognizable style. This was thanks to Ligeti's patron Vincent Meyer (who receives no mention in this box's 112-page booklet). To be precise, Sony's Ligeti Edition plus Teldec's 5-disc Ligeti Project include all of Ligeti's works in composer supervised and approved versions.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Schell on April 4, 2010
Amazing. Sony has packaged the eight Ligeti Edition albums into a nine-CD box set that is currently available for as little as two bucks per disk. Grab it and complement it with the five-disk Ligeti Project box set from Teldec, and you will have practically every surviving Ligeti composition at your fingertips. If you're even marginally interested in the work of one postmodernism's greatest composers, then scooping up this bargain item while you can is an absolute no-brainer.

Now to the music: like Beethoven and Stravinsky, Ligeti's output is commonly divided into three distinct style periods. First are the early works from his pre-flight years. They're a combination of juvenilia, Eastern European folklorist works, pieces inhabiting a Bartókian sound world, and the occasional example of internationalist or modernist experimentation that hints at what was to come. Most of these compositions are of minor importance outside of a Ligeti immersion experience. But a handful, such as the First String Quartet and some of the movements from Musica Ricercata, are worthy of his more mature works.

The heart of Ligeti's output, and the basis for the consensus that places him among the 20th Century's most important composers, is the series of masterworks written during his middle period, which lasted from roughly 1957 (after his escape from Hungary) to 1977 (marked by the completion of his opera Le Grand Macabre).
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In the 1990s and early millennium, the Hungarian avant-garde composer György Ligeti got a complete recording of his body of work first on the Sony Classical label under the title "György Ligeti Edition", then continued on Teldec/Warner Classics as "The Ligeti Project". Ligeti supervised the recording process, and the result has the composer's imprimatur as the definitive recording of his music. Sony Classical eventually reissued its György Ligeti Edition, originally eight separately released volumes, in this box set here. It makes for a convenient and economical introduction to one of the most interesting figures in musical history (and to get all of his work, you'll want the Ligeti Project box set too).

Ligeti's work falls mainly into three periods. The first, music written before he fled Communist Hungary for the West in 1956, is initially in a 19th-century Romantic vein, but then looks to Bartók as a model, though during the Stalinist years Ligeti had to tread carefully. Many avant-garde composers would suppress much of their early, imitative works, but Ligeti remained fond of these wedding dances for piano, a cappella and lieder settings of the great Hungarian poet Sándor Weöres, and a cello sonata written for a young love. The best achievement of this period is probably "Musica Ricercata" for piano; Ligeti had heard of totally chromatic music in the West, but his own understanding of it is totally individual, building up to a climax that uses all twelve tones, but in a consistently tuneful way.
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