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Ludwig-Van Toronto

March 17, 2022

Norman Lebrecht

★★★★☆
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One should never let too much time pass without hearing some Ligeti. The Hungarian has such an ethereal turn of the 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 Staley 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. March 18th 2022, Norman Lebrecht

https://www.ludwig-van.com/toronto/2022/03/18/lebrecht-listens-ligeti-floats-like-butterflies-danish-national-vocal-ensemble/