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By Dominik Susteck. By Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006). Listening CD. Wergo #WER 67572. Published by Wergo (NX.WER-67572).
Item Number: NX.WER-67572
Although Gyorgy Ligeti composed only three works for the organ - â€œVoluminaâ€, â€œHarmoniesâ€œ, and â€œCouleeâ€ - these pieces mark significant stages in the course of his compositional development; more importantly, they revolutionized the world of organ music and provided the initial spark for an entire wave of New Music for the organ.
â€œVoluminaâ€ completely dispenses with the parameters normally used to structure time in a musical work, such as melody, rhythm, and harmony. The only active structural parameter in this music is the tone colour. The music is perceived more in a spatial than a temporal sense, with the title â€œVoluminaâ€ referring to differently dimensioned â€œstationaryâ€ sound spaces.
The two etudes â€œHarmoniesâ€œ and â€œCouleeâ€ take up and vary the idea of a stationary sound space: â€žHarmoniesâ€œ unfolds as an unbroken chain of ten-note chords; only one note is changed from one chord to the next. The tone colour, however, changes more often, with almost imperceptible continuous transitions. â€œCouleeâ€ is a chain of extremely fast quavers which describe a slow harmonic progression, giving it a kind of trembling and buzzing motion: â€œSo that the individual notes can no longer be distinguished: the motion almost melts into a continuum.â€ (Ligeti)
In the eleven-movement piano cycle â€œMusica ricercataâ€ Ligeti explores the possibilities of using the twelve chromatic semitones for composition: Starting with the repetition and octave transposition of a single note, each of the following pieces works with a tonal vocabulary expanded by one note each, with the intervallic relationships changing from piece to piece. One of the movements was arranged for the organ by Ligeti himself; the others have been arranged by the organist Dominik Susteck.
Susteck, who performed and recorded these works on the organ of Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne, also presents on this CD an original composition: his organ improvisations â€œSprachsignaleâ€ which are inspired by Ligeti's piece â€œArtikulationâ€.
co-production with Deutschlandradio.
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