Lebrecht weekly: Ligeti and Kodaly: Lux Aeterna (OUR Recordings)

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One should never let too much time pass without hearing some Ligeti. The Hungarian has such an ethereal turn of ear that any chorus he writes becomes instantly disembodied, the human voices floating like butterflies at the edge of consciousness.

He is best known for Lux Aeterna, which Stanley Kubrick purloined for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It receives an exemplary liftoff here from the Danish National Vocal Ensemble (conductor Marcus Creed), opening up uncharted worlds of imagination. Other Ligeti songs, some folk-based others atonal are delivered with comparable immersion in a soundworld like no other.

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The fillers on the disc are by Zoltan Kodaly, a Hungarian folklorist and pedagogue. They sound almost absurdly naïve beside Ligeti’s untrammelled ideas, but they do help bring us back to earth.

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Norman Lebrecht is a prolific writer on music and cultural affairs. His blog, Slipped Disc, is one of the most popular sites for cultural news. He presents The Lebrecht Interview on BBC Radio 3 and is a contributor to several publications, including the Wall Street Journal and The Standpoint. Visit every Friday for his weekly CD review // Norman Lebrecht est un rédacteur prolifique couvrant les événements musicaux et Slipped Disc, est un des plus populaires sites de nouvelles culturelles. Il anime The Lebrecht Interview sur la BBC Radio 3 et collabore à plusieurs publications, dont The Wall Street Journal et The Standpoint. Vous pouvez lire ses critiques de disques chaque vendredi.

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