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    Default Ligeti anyone?

    Today I decided to listen to some pieces I hadn't listened to in a long time, and there he was, in the bottom of huge pile of CDs and scores, Ligeti. Right now I'm listening to his Chamber concerto for 13 instrumentalists and I realize: I like him even more than before.

    Other important Ligeti suggestions:

    -Melodien

    -Piano concerto

    -Atmospheres

    -Lontano

    -San Francisco Polyphony

    -Musica Ricercata

    -Etudes pour piano (3 volumes)

    -both his String Quartets

    -Lux Aeterna

    -Apparitions

    -Violin concerto

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    Ligeti - YES

    One of the really original voices of C20th music. I particularly like AVENTURES, NOUVELLES AVENTURES, and his extraordinary opera LE GRAND MACABRE.

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    I have heard some of his works, of which only Lux Aeterna and Bagatelles for Wind Quintet do I find good, all the rest is just too avant-gardish for me, so I can't stomach it at all.
    ''Oh, the String Quartet - oh, the Divine Scratching!''

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    I really like Ligeti. Lontano and Atmospheres are great. His requiem has some wonderfully different choral music as well.

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    Nonsense Madrigals are excellent!
    Si vos agnosco is tunc vos es quoque erudio

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    Not me, thank you.

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    Not sure I could really enjoy Ligeti as a stand alone experience, but his music is used to great effect in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    I'm not a fan of Ligeti at all. There is one good thing his "music," if you want to call it that, is good for: getting rid of unwelcomed guests.

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    Here's a clip from LE GRAND MACABRE in the Fura Dels Baus production (2009)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP3Dv...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reiner Torheit View Post
    Here's a clip from LE GRAND MACABRE in the Fura Dels Baus production (2009)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP3Dv...eature=related
    That was absolutely terrible.

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    I just love Ligeti!

    The piano etudes are some of my favorite piano compositions ever.

    Here's #1,2,3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5tdK3LfLnE

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    Hi Scott! Nice to bump into you here

    That's a really excellent Ligeti clip of the etudes

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    I don't usually go for avant-gardish compositions emotionally, but I do enjoy them a little intellectuallly if that makes any sense. Nevertheless I find his Requiem for mezzo soprano, etc, etc. to be one the most intense emotional experiences I can imagine.

    I too like Lontano which I believe was used in a Kubrick film as well. I forget which.

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    I've only seen Mysteries of the Macabre performed live, and Ligeti was there in the audience.

    I'd like to see a production of Le Grand Macabre. It's certainly a fascinating thing to listen to at home on CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reiner Torheit View Post
    Hi Scott! Nice to bump into you here

    That's a really excellent Ligeti clip of the etudes
    Hey Reiner!

    T'is a small world on the net.

    Yes, that recording is something else. It was the first I heard, so, have been unfairly biased ever since, although I do sometimes like the "go beyond the limits" approach a few have taken.

    Like this one - he's going too fast for his ability, so the tempo is wonky, BUT, there is such intensity. It is an interpretation.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj9QlWltv8s

    Glad to be chatting again.

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