Haydn & Ligeti - Concertos & Capriccios | Onyx ONYX4174

Haydn & Ligeti - Concertos & Capriccios


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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4174

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th May 2016



Shai Wosner has established himself as one of today’s leading Schubert interpreters. He is also equally at home in Classical, Romantic and contemporary repertoire, often in unusual combinations which are both thought provoking - Brahms and Schoenberg for example - or delightfully quirky, as on this new recording for ONYX.

Shai Wosner writes, “There aren’t too many composers in music history who are likely to use subtitles such as ‘It takes eight of you to castrate a boar’ (‘Acht Sauschneider müssen sein’). Like a naughty smile under the more official Capriccio in G Major by Joseph Haydn from 1765, its origin remains mysterious - most likely a forgotten Austrian folk song - but it would have no doubt been relished wholeheartedly by the 20th-century composer of the ‘Nonsense Madrigals’. Apart from connections with Central-European folk music (Haydn’s ‘Ungarese’ style, Ligeti’s early Capriccios, for example) or the fact that both were towering figures already in their lifetime - like ‘Papa’ Haydn, Ligeti carries unparalleled direct or indirect influence on almost every young composer today - a particular richness of humour that transcends centuries links their music music - like two distant relatives sharing an old family joke.”


It’s the intelligence, perception and dazzling energy of Wosner’s playing that makes all this possible and vivid. A Barenboim protégé, he responds to every twist and turn with a sense of great immediacy as well as an airy, high-stepping poise and unerring pointing-up of Ligeti’s deliciously unpredictable rhythms. The concertos come across as large-scale chamber music and Collon shapes the orchestral sound with exemplary transparency so that all the layered-up details shimmer, clash, compete and cooperate in fine style.  Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine September 2016

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