Gyorgi Ligeti; Zoltán Kodály: Lux Aeterna

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For most of the 20th century, the two giants of Hungarian music were Bartok and
Kodaly. Following his explosion on the international scene in the mid-60s, Gyorgi
Ligeti, a student of Kodaly, was added to that list. Kodaly was one of the most
significant early figures in the field of ethnomusicology. He also composed prolifically
for choirs. All of the Kodaly works on this program were influence by folk music
and chart the composer’s development from the world of late romanticism to the
mini-cantata Matrai kepek (Matra pictures), including a shimmering performance of
Esti Dal (Evening Song), his most beloved choral work.
Most of music that Ligeti composed for a cappella choir was written in the mid-
50s while still in Budapest. Alongside numerous folk song arrangements, like
Mátraszentimrei Dalok, were pieces like Éjszaka – Reggel (Night – Morning)
which were already pushing the sonic boundaries with clusters and onomatopoeic
sounds. Ligeti’s mature style can be heard in the shimmering and justifiably famous
Lux Aeterna while the late Drei Phantasien (on texts by Friedrich Holderlin) described
by Ligeti himself as 'emotional, «onomatopoetic», overwrought, 16-voiced
pieces (not micropolyphonic!)' is an example of his late Post-Modernist style.
For this very special and demanding repertoire, both teacher and student are
in good hands with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and conductor Marcus
Creed. Audiophiles will also be richly rewarded with the vivid imaging and 'as real
as it gets' sonic presence thanks to producer Michael Emery and technician Mikkel
Nymand. A Dolby Atmos release is being planned.
Catalogue number 6220676
Barcode 0747313167661
Release date 04/03/2022
Label OUR Recordings
Format CD
Number of discs 1
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