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Miklós Lukács Cimbiozis Trio & Ligeti Ensemble Responses To Ligeti BMCCD330 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberBMCCD330
labelBMC Music
Release date01/03/2024

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      On the centenary of György Ligeti’s birth, a special recording was made by the Miklós Lukács Cimbiosis Trio, balancing between jazz, contemporary music and improvisation, and the Ligeti Ensemble, specializing in contemporary music. They give their answers to the questions raised in Ligeti’s Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet. Rather than a transcription, we witness a dialogue in the form of preludes and postludes, the musical elaboration of different moods and colours, and even the occasional dimensionchanging power of the two bands playing simultaneously.

      On this album, artists who know no boundaries take Ligeti’s legacy into their own hands and continue to shape it: two ensembles prove that the Hungarian composer’s inspirational power is still present in contemporary jazz. The musicians of the Ligeti Ensemble, founded by András Keller and Zoltán Rácz, and operating under the auspices of Concerto Budapest, play the challenging Ten pieces for wind quintet, which is answered by the Miklós Lukács Cimbiosis Trio, blurring the thin line between contemporary music and jazz. The Cimbiosis Trio did not rewrite Ligeti’s work, but instead sought ways to engage in a dialogue with the music, by the means of preludes and postludes, musical elaboration of different moods and colours, and in the 7th movement, the dimension-changing power of simultaneous playing with the wind quintet. The collaboration was conceived by Miklós Lukács at the commission of BMC, and after the two bands presented the material at the Ligeti 100 Festival in May 2023, they carried on the project to the studio – the result is now available to the public.

      Miklós Lukács is one of the most employed artists of BMC Records, presenting a unique fusion of jazz, contemporary classical music, improvisation, and folk music. With his Cimbiosis Trio, he has already been moving more and more decisively from jazz and folk to contemporary music. Csaba Klenyán, solo clarinetist of Concerto Budapest, has also been associated with BMC since the beginning of his career, recording two albums as a member of the Lignum Trio, and frequently performing on albums by Hungarian composers, including Péter Eötvös, László Sáry, and László Tihanyi. Due to their keen interest in contemporary music, Miklós Lukács and Csaba Klenyán have been playing together in various projects for decades, and these experiences have now led them to take on the task of shedding new light on Ligeti’s piece for each other and the audience.

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      CD 1
      • 1.On the Light05:09
      • 2.I. Molto sostenuto e calmo02:17
      • 3.Response I03:17
      • 4.II. Prestissimo minaccioso e burlesco - Response03:13
      • 5.III. Lento - with Cimbalompaper01:53
      • 6.IV. Prestissimo leggiero e viruoso01:02
      • 7.Response II03:58
      • 8.V. Presto staccatissimo e leggiero - with Cimbalompaper00:45
      • 9.VI. Presto staccatissimo e leggiero01:15
      • 10.Interlude01:15
      • 11.VII. Vivo, energico / Response03:47
      • 12.VIII. Allegro con delicatezza / Response05:49
      • 13.Response - IX. Sostenuto, stridente - quasi coda06:41
      • 14.X. Presto bizzarro e rubato, so schnell wie möglich01:08
      • Total:41:29