Concerto for violin and orchestra (1992)
Mysteries of the Macabre Three arias from the opera Le Grand Macabre for soprano and orchestra (1974-77/1988)
Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes (1962)
Sonate for Viola solo (1991–94)
Atmosphères for orchestra (1961)
San Francisco Polyphony for orchestra (1973–74)
- Sara Hershkowitz Soprano
- Pekka Kuusisto Violin
- Tabea Zimmermann Viola
- Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
- Matthias Pintscher Conductor
György Ligeti achieved what most composers can only dream of: Not only did his music cause music history to leap forward a few lightyears. But at the same time, Ligeti himself became an icon of pop culture, one factor certainly being that his music turned out to be indispensable to the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s famous Space Odyssey. After Ligeti’s escape from Hungary in 1956, Cologne was his first port of call. Now, on the occasion of Ligeti’s 100th birthday, the Gürzenich Orchestra and many prominent guests are hosting an unforgettable evening to commemorate the great composer – mechanically precise and dadaistic, cosmic and grounded, atmospheric and delirious.
There will be no concert introduction before this concert.