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Okay, Ligeti fans

Post by Charles » Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:03 pm

I borrowed two Ligeti piano albums (one concertos and the other etudes) from my library to see if I could see what the fuss was about. I, who still cannot 'get' Bartok, thoroughly enjoyed Ligeti from the first phrase. Could some of the Ligeti fans please suggest a few worthy works in non-piano genres that I can purchase? A FEW, please (My heart is still mainly in Leipzig, where much work remains to be done). Pick your two or three top favorites. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Okay, Ligeti fans

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:04 pm

Charles wrote:(My heart is still mainly in Leipzig, where much work remains to be done).
:?: Please explain. I haven't done much traveling here but I did make a point of going to Leipzig, where I had half an hour to myself in the Thomaskirche, later in the day heard a cantata, and simply could not believe I was there.

I do not know Ligeti as well as I would like. Among recent composers, every indication is that he is one I should know. A famous work aside from what you mention is the Requiem, which was used as background music in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Re: Okay, Ligeti fans

Post by gperkins151 » Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:38 pm

Charles wrote:I borrowed two Ligeti piano albums (one concertos and the other etudes) from my library to see if I could see what the fuss was about. I, who still cannot 'get' Bartok, thoroughly enjoyed Ligeti from the first phrase. Could some of the Ligeti fans please suggest a few worthy works in non-piano genres that I can purchase? A FEW, please (My heart is still mainly in Leipzig, where much work remains to be done). Pick your two or three top favorites. Thanks in advance.
I would suggest the Arditti Quartet's recording of the String Q. on Sony Classical. SK 62306.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:47 pm

gperkins151 wrote:I would suggest the Arditti Quartet's recording of the String Q. on Sony Classical. SK 62306.
This is some intense playing...you can't miss!
Welcome, G, to our little corner here. Kick your shoes off and set a spell. Post early and often. When I saw your profile yesterday, "case manager" peaked my curiosity. What kinds of cases do you manage?
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Re: Okay, Ligeti fans

Post by gperkins151 » Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:55 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:
gperkins151 wrote:I would suggest the Arditti Quartet's recording of the String Q. on Sony Classical. SK 62306.
This is some intense playing...you can't miss!
Welcome, G, to our little corner here. Kick your shoes off and set a spell. Post early and often. When I saw your profile yesterday, "case manager" peaked my curiosity. What kinds of cases do you manage?
Cases of the formerly homeless and currently mentally ill.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:00 pm

gperkins151 wrote: Cases of the formerly homeless and currently mentally ill. Its challenging but rewarding work.
I doff my hat to you. You got more guts than I would have. I couldn't do it. I'd get too envolved.
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Re: Okay, Ligeti fans

Post by gperkins151 » Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:04 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:
gperkins151 wrote: Cases of the formerly homeless and currently mentally ill. Its challenging but rewarding work.
I doff my hat to you. You got more guts than I would have. I couldn't do it. I'd get too envolved.
I often do. The rewarding part is learning how to help others without getting attached or having expectations. This practice in my personal life is particually useful. I feel that Codependency is an incredibly huge problem that Amaerica faces, or rather doesn't face.
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Post by Barry » Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:31 pm

Volume II of the Ligeti Project on Teldec contains a collection of some of his better known and regarded orchestral pieces. It's got some very good stuff on it; and I also took very quickly to the disc of piano etudes I have.
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Re: Okay, Ligeti fans

Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:46 pm

gperkins151 wrote:I often do. The rewarding part is learning how to help others without getting attached or having expectations. This practice in my personal life is particually useful. I feel that Codependency is an incredibly huge problem that Amaerica faces, or rather doesn't face.
A worthy topic for the Pub. I kinda agree with you. The world of secondary payoffs is one of the last unexplored realms of the universe.
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Re: Okay, Ligeti fans

Post by Charles » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:21 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Charles wrote:(My heart is still mainly in Leipzig, where much work remains to be done).
:?: Please explain. I haven't done much traveling here but I did make a point of going to Leipzig, where I had half an hour to myself in the Thomaskirche, later in the day heard a cantata, and simply could not believe I was there.

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Post by val » Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:56 am

The Requiem, to me the best Requiem composed after the WW II.

Then the Choral Works: a sublime masterpiece above all, Lux Aeterna. With Messiaen's 5 Rechants it is, to me, one of greatest choral works composed in the last 60 years.

And the 2nd Quartet, misterious but full of violence in certain moments.

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Post by Charles » Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:41 pm

Thanks to all who replied. I'm acting on your suggestions. What a novelty for this 18th and 19th C. listener to actually be enthusiastic about a living contemporary composer!

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