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Disc 1
1. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Vorspiel 01:09
2. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Dies irae, dies illa 06:36
3. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Zurück, du Fettwanst 04:47
4. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Heute noch, um Mitternacht 05:02
5. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Beim allerhöchsten Willen 04:37
6. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Zwischenspiel 00:57
7. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Eins, zwei, drei, fünf. Au! 03:35
8. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Oh weh! Oh weh! Wer soll spülen? Wer soll waschen? 04:44
9. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Anziehend und formvollendet 05:54
10. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Wer da? Ein Mann! 06:13
11. Le Grand Macabre: Akt I - Feuer und Feuersnot 03:46
12. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Vorspiel 01:06
13. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Arschklecker, Arschkriecher! 05:52

Disc 2
1. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Psssst! 04:04
2. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Gestatten, bin der Dienstälteste 03:06
3. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Geheimmeldung! 03:33
4. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Und endlich allein! Kukuriku! 04:40
5. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Grandioser Einzug 04:51
6. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Wehe! Denn es ist gekommen der hgrosse Tag des Zorns! 04:46
7. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Der Nekro ist kein Zarr! 01:11
8. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Bluut schmeckt guut! Ich hab zuviel getötet. 08:28
9. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Wo ist meine Sense? 13:05
10. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Hach! Ihr seid am Leben, Fürst? 01:02
11. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Aschtarot! Wir haben Durst, ergo wir leben... 02:18
12. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Nekrotzars allmähliches Verschwinden im Nichts 04:06
13. Le Grand Macabre: Akt II - Finale: Ach es war gut im dunklen Grab 06:33

Penelope Walmsley-Clark (Soprano)
Olive Fredericks (Mezzo Soprano)
Peter Haage (Tenor)
Christa Puhlmann-Richter (Mezzo Soprano)
Kevin Smith (Countertenor)
Ude Krekow (Bass)
Eirian Davies (Soprano)
Herbert Prikopa (Spoken Vocals)
Ernst Leopold Strachwitz (Spoken Vocals)
Dieter Weller (Baritone)
Johann Leutgeb (Baritone)
Ernst Salzer (Baritone)
Laszlo Modos (Baritone)

Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Austrian Radio Chorus
Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir 
Elgar Howarth – conductor

Written: 1974-1977; Berlin, Germany


György Ligeti's only opera, Le Grand Macabre, was initially suggested by film and theater director Göran Gentele who was in 1965 director of the Stockholm Opera. Ligeti and librettist Michael Meschke adapted Belgian author Michel van Ghelderode's 1934 play La balade du grande macabre into the needed libretto and finished the opera in a mere six years. The Wergo CD of the work (there are two; the other is led by Esa-Pekka Salonen on Sony) is not of the first production of Le Grand Macabre but the second, held in the Grossen Konzerthaussaal in Vienna in 1987 under the direction of Elgar Howarth.

Le Grand Macabre is a mega-bizarre opera that is part post-modern avant-garde and part Marx Brothers; a mad escapade that calls for sirens, auto horns, and singers who are able to behave like loons, and yet sing up into the stratosphere if necessary. This performance is live and once in awhile you can hear a titter of laughter from the audience. Le Grand Macabre IS funny -- thankfully there is a thick German-English libretto included with the set, so one need not fuss that any of the humor (or horror -- there's a considerable amount of that also) will be missed. A thinner booklet found inside the clamshell case contains the liner notes and track listings. This Grossen Konzerthaussaal performance is as good as can be hoped for in such a difficult work, but that does not mean the music itself is "difficult." Le Grand Macabre isn't tuneful -- it's written in a highly complex, late twentieth century idiom, but with action of the play to hang the music onto it is fairly easy to follow, and is nonetheless very entertaining.

Le Grand Macabre isn't staged with much frequency, as it appears to be a rather expensive production. A video or DVD would be the best way, outside the concert hall, to experience it, but in the lack of such a product this rather pricey two-disc set will have to do. If the listener is interested in contemporary European opera after 1950 this should be the first place to go. Wergo's live recording is of excellent quality, but could stand to be a little louder than it is. ---Uncle Dave Lewis, AllMusic Review

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Ligeti - Violin Concerto, Lontano, Atmospheres, San Francisco Polyphony (2013) Ligeti - Violin Concerto, Lontano, Atmospheres, San Francisco Polyphony (2013)

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1 	Lontano 	15:52 	
2 	Violin Concerto: I. Praeludium 	4:11
3 	Violin Concerto: II. Aria - Hoquet - Chorale 	8:17 
4 	Violin Concerto: III. Intermezzo 	2:31 	
5 	Violin Concerto: IV. Passacaglia 	6:49 	
6 	Violin Concerto: V. Appassionato 	6:45 	
7 	Atmospheres 	10:09 
8 	San Francisco Polyphony 	13:41

Benjamin Schmid - violin
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu – conductor


The arrow-driven harmonic certainties of Jonathan Nott and the Berlin Philharmonic (in Teldec’s Ligeti Project, 8/02 – nla) get straight to the heart of the matter but this new, slow-burner Lontano reveals piecemeal riches gradually, reluctantly even, Hannu Lintu savouring the tease. Nott goes for the instant big reveal, and your working assumption is that Lintu must be about to fall into line with Abbado’s sensually massaged Vienna Philharmonic recording. But no. As he prises open Ligeti’s mulched-up woodwind micropolyphony, giving us access all areas to his fervidly criss-crossing lines, time feels curiously suspended, the high-speed urgency of the music hurtling forwards slowly and unobtrusively.

Lintu is taking his time. This Lontano clocks in at 15'47" against Nott’s 11'35" and Abbado’s 12'44", the slower tempo a shrewd interpretative move that allows for detail and distance. True enough, adapting to this slow-paced, tactical distancing from the surface of Ligeti’s material requires a leap of faith. But when the rate of harmonic change starts to dramatically hot up, at around 8'40", and Lintu unexpectedly drops us as though from a terrifying height directly inside the scorched-earth roasting magma of Ligeti’s orchestra, that faith is royally rewarded.

Atmosphères (1961) and San Francisco Polyphony (1974) – the two orchestral pieces Ligeti composed either side of Lontano (1967) – don’t undergo quite such radical surgery. San Francisco Polyphony’s over-excited, hovering-over-a-cliff-edge cartoon music is meticulously plotted and again benefits from a broader than usual tempo, while Lintu’s Atmosphères is staunchly hard-bitten and granular. Benjamin Schmid turns out to be a milder-mannered soloist in the Violin Concerto than the punky Patricia Kopatchinskaja but his slightly demure personality balances well against Lintu’s highly personal Ligeti. And this I like. Ligeti’s music – don’t even get me started on those damned piano Etudes – is too often reduced these days to the status of modernist lollipops. But Lintu finds something fresh by reconnecting with its radical core. ---

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