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Donald Macleod explores Ligeti's orchestral music, including Lontano and San Francisco Polyphony, reflecting his affection for the city.

Donald Macleod is joined by composer, pianist and teacher George Benjamin, to explore Ligeti's life and music. He introduces orchestral music, including Lontano, a study in orchestral colour inspired by the sun streaming through the stained-glass windows of St-Chapelle in Paris; and San Francisco Polyphony, which expresses the composer's affection for the city.

Poeme symphonique, for 100 metronomes (1962) - excerpt
Francoise Terrious (metronome-meister)
Sony SK 62310
track 6

Lontano (1967)
Vienna Philharmonic
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
DG 429 260-2
track 3

Melodien (1971)
Schoenberg Ensemble
Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)
Teldec 8573-83953-2
track 1

San Francisco Polyphony (1973-4)
Berlin Philharmonic
Jonathan Nott (conductor)
Teldec 8573-88261-2
track 5

Piano Concerto (1985-88) - excerpts
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Asko Ensemble
Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)
Teldec 8573-83953-2
tracks 9, 10.

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