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Work: Atmosphères

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ComposerLigeti, György (1923-2006)
Period20th century
Work typeOrchestral
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BarcelonaPons and the Liceu Symphony

© Igor Kortadellas
Wagner, Ligeti
Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu; Josep Pons; Anja Kampe
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Precision and transparency from Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO in Ligeti

Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO © BBC | Mark Allan
This final concert of the BBCSO’s Total Immersion day dedicated to György Ligeti, proved to be something a revelation, both in terms of the variety of the music and the quality of the performances.
*****
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Xavier de Maistre plays a dazzling Aranjuez

Xavier de Maistre and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Xavier de Maistre gave a stunning performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez in the version for harp and orchestra, plus Ligeti and Tchaikovsky's ultra-Romantic Manfred in Belgrade.
****1
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We have lift-off: Holst's The Planets

Martyn Brabbins and the Rotterdam Philharmonic took the audience on a journey through our solar system in The Planets: An HD Odyssey.
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Ending on a high: Jansons and the BRSO conclude Carnegie's season

Third time’s a charm? Or is three a crowd? It isn’t often that an orchestra takes up an entire weekend at Carnegie Hall. Could this be too much of a good thing?
****1
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Staring into the unknown: The New York Philharmonic play 2001: A Space Odyssey

So begins the fifth year of Alan Gilbert’s quest to make the New York Philharmonic the very model of a modern symphony orchestra: a concert in which the music director spent the vast majority of this time seated stock still; in which the luckier of the musicians spent most of their hours looking up at a big screen; and in which the audience spent most of their evening entranced by visuals and jump
***11
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