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Donald Macleod is joined by composer, pianist and teacher George Benjamin, to explore Ligeti's life and music.

He introduces keyboard works, including Continuum for harpsichord, which the composer described as being like 'innumerable thin slices of salami'; Harmonies for organ, for whose first performance Ligeti replaced the organ's regular wind supply with a vacuum cleaner; and his fist Book of Piano Etudes, considered a worthy successor to the Etudes of Chopin.

Music ricercata (1951-3) - No 1 (excerpts)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Sony SK 62308
track 15

Continuum (1968 - excerpt)
Elisabeth Chojnacka (harpsichord)
Wergo WER 6905-2
track 7

Three Pieces for Two Pianos (1976) - Nos 1 and 2
Fredrik Ullen (pianos)
BIS BIS-CD-1684
CD 2 tracks 32-3

Study No 1 (Harmonies -1967)
Zsigmond Szathmary (organ)
Sony SK 62307
track 20

Piano Etudes (Book 1 - 1985)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Sony SK 62308
tracks 1-6.

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