"I am stuck in prison" said György Ligeti about himself. Imprisoned between modernistic avant-garde on the one hand and the musical past on the other, he only saw one way out: "I want to escape". Which is exactly what Ligeti did, and how! In almost every piece this Hungarian composer wrote, old notes and new sounds were absorbed and assimilated with the purpose of destroying and conquering conventional musical barriers. From the prickling folklore he composed before his daring escape from the Soviet-oriented Hungary to the expressive crinkle of his last works – conductor Filip Rathé and musicologist Maarten Quanten will guide you on this listening journey through Ligeti's tantalizing and multi-faceted oeuvre.
Lecture by Maarten Quanten & Filip Rathé