Singing that is like butterflies at the edge of consciousness

Singing that is like butterflies at the edge of consciousness

Album Of The Week

norman lebrecht

March 19, 2022

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

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….

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photo: Betty Freeman/Lebrecht


  • Una says:

    A group of us did his Lux Aeterna as a music student, and the music had a pink cover!!!

  • Anthony Sanderson says:

    Other seem to share Norman’s respect for Ligeti.

    Yuja Wang has changed the programme for her recital on 20th April to include works by Ligeti

    “Thank you for booking to see Yuja Wang: Bach & Beethoven at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 20 April 2022 at 7.30pm.

    (Email of 3rd March)
    We’re writing to let you know that Yuja Wang has made a change to the programme for this event, and will now play works from Beethoven, Ligeti and Kapustin. The event title is changing to Yuja Wang: Beethoven, Ligeti & Kapustin in line with this new programme”.

    Khatia Buniatishvilli also includes Ligeti in her recital at the Barbican Centre on 14th May

    As they say, “great minds think alike”.

    Khatia Buniatishvili recently organised an Artists for Okraine Benefit Concert for Ukraine