Ligeti - Etudes, Capriccios | Naxos 8574397

Ligeti - Etudes, Capriccios


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574397

Barcode: 0747313439775

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th May 2023

Gramophone Editor's Choice



György Ligeti’s Études redefined the piano’s tonal possibilities and are considered one of his major creative achievements, as well as being one of the most significant sets of piano studies of the 20th century. They inevitably draw on influences from the past such as Chopin and Debussy, but avoid any sense of eclecticism. Ligeti’s often spectacularly virtuoso use of complex rhythms and geometric patterns proceeds from simple core ideas to create music that is ‘neither “avant-garde” nor “traditional”, neither tonal nor atonal’, and always backed by that glint of humour in the composer’s eye.

Praised by Gramophone and The New York Times, pianist Han Chen released his debut album, Liszt Complete Piano Music, Volume 41 on Naxos (8573415), which garnered international acclaim and comment such as from reviewer Jed Distler: ‘It isn’t just Chen’s assured, elegant and totally effortless technique that blows me away, it’s also his idiomatic flair, his use of colour and touch to convey character, plus a gift for textural variety and differentiation that one associates with golden age legends.’


Han Chen first appeared on my reviewer radar when he won the China International Piano Competition back in 2013, not to mention his reputation on the new music scene as both pianist and composer. He’s one of the few pianists who handles both gnarly contemporary scores and over-the-top Romantic showpieces with equal authority and style... So it’s no surprise that he surmounts the sophisticated rhythmic challenges of Ligeti’s Études to a T, while infusing them with plenty of tonal allure and personality. ... In short, Han Chen’s Ligeti Études easily hold their own in the company of Fredrik Ullén, Danny Driver and, of course, the aforementioned Aimard.  Jed Distler
Gramophone August 2023

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