Michael Gordon and Gyorgy Ligeti’s music abound with infectious rhythmic energy, often resulting from the way rhythms pile on top of each other.
Ligeti is one of the most important composers of the 20th century, known to the wider public because of Stanley Kubrick’s ingenious use of his music in films such as 2001, A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut. He is an artist who, according to The Guardian's Tom Service, 'refused to play by the rules and whose work has infiltrated popular consciousness". His searches and his influences spread far beyond the conventional confines of western culture: the music of the Aka pygmies was one of the catalysts that unlocked the last couple of decades of his creativity, above all the rhythmic invention of the Piano Concerto and the Piano Etudes; he was impressed by the sounds and processes of American minimalism in a way that no other avant garde composer in Europe was; and his mind was open to the furthest reaches of contemporary mathematics.
Michael Gordon is one of America’s most interesting composers working today. He founded the legendary Bang On A Can collective in the late 1980s. Gordon's music merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power embodying, in the words of The New Yorker's Alex Ross, "the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism." Over the past 25 years, Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio. Transcending categorization, this music represents the collision of mysterious introspection and brutal directness.
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Gyorgy Ligeti Selected Piano Etudes
Gyorgy Ligeti Chamber Concerto