Ligeti - Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto, Chamber Concerto, Melodien
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Cat No: BIS2209
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th January 2017
ArtistsJoonas Ahonen (piano)
Christian Poltera (cello)
In the Cello Concerto and the Chamber Concerto, Ligeti explores in different ways the idea of the concerto as something collective, rather than polarised between the one and the many. The Cello Concerto is striking, and even provocative, in that the soloist often seems to aspire to silence and even absence rather than virtuosic display. The Chamber Concerto, on the other hand, dazzles because here all 13 players are unmistakably present, all essential to the design and character of the whole. Like the Cello Concerto – and the Piano Concerto – Melodien can be performed by large orchestra, but also, as on the present recording, with a single string player per part, becoming a natural pendant to the Chamber Concerto. The disc closes with the Piano Concerto from 1988, which Ligeti had begun sketching eight years earlier but was only able to proceed with after having composed his first set of studies for piano solo. Ligeti himself described the five-movement work as a statement of his ‘aesthetic credo’.
Performing these complex scores is the Norwegian specialist ensemble BIT20 under the Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann, with cellist Christian Poltéra, and pianist Joonas Ahonen making his first appearance on the BIS label.
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