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Ligeti choral music

BBC SO Total Immersion: Ligeti

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A concert of Ligeti’s choral works takes the audience from abstraction to emotional intensity, and from cloudy, spectral beauty to bold dissonance.

Blending musical traces of Ligeti’s Hungarian roots with all the formal patterning and processes of the mature, avant-garde composer, Ligeti’s choral works are among his most attractive. Whimsy and playfulness meets method head-on, and the collision is an exhilarating one. This programme from the BBC Singers covers the complete stylistic gamut of this repertoire, ranging from the luminous beauty of the Lux Aeterna to the surreal invention of the Nonsense Madrigals.


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