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WWE 1CD 20102
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Ligeti / Schubert
an experimental recital
Ligeti, I. Monument 05:13
Schubert, Fantasy in F minor for piano/four hands 20:21
Ligeti, II. Self Portrait 08:02
Schubert, Sonata in B flat major for piano/four hands 17:43
Ligeti, III. Movement 04:54
Total Time 56:13
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01 Ligeti, I. Monument 05:14
03 Ligeti, II. Self Portrait 08:05
05 Ligeti, III. Movement 04:54
Some 150 years apart, both composers developed minute nuclei into an ever expanding cosmos of sound, each against the background of his own era. Prick up your ears – Schubert's Fantasy in F minor and Sonata in B flat major D 617 crossed with Ligeti's Three pieces for two pianos: rich in contrasts, upsetting, and in a simply stunning interpretation by Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher. In the beginning there was simply the idea of playing Schubert and Ligeti together in one program: "During the performance, the music changes smoothly from Ligeti to Schubert, i.e. a 60-minute continuum of music is created, without interruptions even by applause." Grau and Schumacher are fascinated not only by the "relationship between tradition and the present" but also by other qualities that Schubert and Ligeti have in common, such as the "widely stretched linear developments," or the moments in which the music reaches extreme ranges or comes to a standstill, or sudden breaks occur. "The combination of avant-garde and classical repertoire sharpens the listener's ears." (Andreas Grau) It is this unrestricted attitude to music that makes recordings by Grau/Schumacher such a unique experience.
A few short waltzes: Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher are waltzing their way through the centuries – from Schubert to Wolfgang Rihm. 
Probably the most beautiful Bach music has been written by György Kurtág: Bach transcriptions of a gentle, enraptured and extremely sensual quality. 
Last things and Christian visions: György Kurtág’s reflections on Heinrich Schütz, and Olivier Messiaen in search of the "Amen." 
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