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Ludwig van Beethoven, György Ligeti

Herbert Schuch

Bagatellen

  • Type CD
  • Label CAvi
  • UPC 4260085534432
  • Catalog number AVI 8553443
  • Release date 10 May 2019
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BAGATELLES – DIVERGENT EQUIVALENTS

Ligeti and Beethoven „mixed“ as two masters of the miniature form

The gate opens. The music should sound solemn and magnificent, like an overture: majestic, like Beethoven’s Eroica. That is how Hungarian composer György Ligeti begins Musica ricercata, one of his early works from the early 1950s. In exemplary fashion, the cycle blends minimalist structures with a sumptuous array of colors. Behind each note lurks the exigency that nothing should escape the pianist’s attention: he should be aware of all that takes place in the present, while remaining prepared for everything that can occur in the next moment. Such challenges await the performer in Ligeti as well as in Beethoven.

Long before he thought of coupling the works by Beethoven and Ligeti on CD, Herbert Schuch had tried out the combination in the concert hall. “I quickly get a feel whether a programme works well, or whether it’s just something I’ve conceived in my head. Of course I was aware that these cycles were never intended to be picked apart. I find it important to feel assured that I’m not undermining their essence, and that the new order also makes sense. Such a coupling would certainly not work in the case of a sonata.” (excerpt from the Booklet notes/Interview)

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    1
    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) I. Sostenuto – Misurato – Prestissimo
     
    02:46
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 1. Allegretto
     
    02:36
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) II. Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale
     
    03:15
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 2. Andante con moto
     
    01:01
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    5
    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) III. Allegro con spirito
     
    01:02
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 3. à l’Allemande
     
    01:43
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) IV. Tempo di Valse (Poco vivace – « à l’orgue de Barbarie »)
     
    02:10
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 4. Andante cantabile
     
    01:48
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) V. Rubato. Lamentoso
     
    03:24
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 5. Risoluto
     
    01:09
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) VI. Allegro molto capriccioso
     
    00:49
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 6. Andante – Allegretto leggiermente (Leichtlich vorgetragen)
     
    01:50
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) VII. Cantabile, molto legato
     
    03:45
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 7. Allegro ma non troppo
     
    01:06
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) VIII. Vivace. Energico
     
    00:53
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 8. Moderato cantabile
     
    01:43
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) IX. (Béla Bartók in Memoriam) Adagio. Mesto – Allegro maestoso
     
    02:57
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 9. Vivace moderato
     
    00:34
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) X. Vivace. Capriccioso
     
    01:20
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 10. Allegramente
     
    00:17
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    Musica Ricercata (1951-1953) XI. (Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi) Andante misurato e tranquillo
     
    04:38
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    Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822) 11. Andante, ma non troppo
     
    02:04
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    Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824) 1. Andante con moto. Cantabile e compiacevole
     
    03:35
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    Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824) 2. Allegro
     
    03:02
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    Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824) 3. Andante. Cantabile e grazioso
     
    02:41
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    Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824) 4. Presto
     
    04:03
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    Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824) 5. Quasi Allegretto
     
    02:51
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    Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824) 6. Presto – Andante amabile e con moto
     
    04:12

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