Promenade concerts: Ligeti's birthday

CAGE: 4’33
LIGETI: Poème symphonique
- intermission -
LIGETI:  Concerto For Cello And Orchestra
LIGETI: Kammerkonzert / Chamber Concerto

László Fenyő cello, Zoltán Váczi, Tamás Schlanger, Vilmos Horváth, András  Kégl 
Ligeti Ensemble
Conductor: Péter Eötvös

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Concerto Budapest’s already traditional anniversary concert is held on the night preceding György Ligeti’s birthday. In Ligeti’s Symphonic Poem, performers play simultaneously, however, setting their metronomes to different time signatures. Periodic rhythms can be discerned from the chaos until the metronomes gradually stop ticking. The two uninterrupted movements of the Cello Concerto grow out of an octuple piano and then vanish into the same in the end. All thirteen instruments are equals in the Kammerkonzert: the individual parts unfold in a parallel manner; however, through various rhythmic patterns and tempi; their sound becomes crystal clear at times, while at others, it blurs. The three Ligeti compositions are completed by "music pieces" of an unconventional sense at this concert. Cage's most famous composition expresses the composer's conviction that any auditory experience can produce music, and there is no such thing as complete silence. In Autokoncert, musicians behind the scenes control the fall of the various instruments, making both the noises and the silences unpredictable. The Ligeti Ensemble, specialising in contemporary Hungarian music and working under the patronage of Concerto Budapest, is conducted by one of the most pivotal composers of today's contemporary Hungarian music scene, Peter Eötvös.