Richly coloured, rhythmically concise, expressively significant

In addition to having recorded all of György Ligeti's works for choir a cappella, the SWR Vokalensemble is offering workshops on the composer's work as part of a major school project and is also touring his music in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France and Italy in May and June.

Under principal conductor Yuval Weinberg, the SWR Vokalensemble has recorded György Ligeti's a cappella works on two CDs.

Apart from the LatinLux aeterna (1966) and the Three Fantasies after Friedrich Hölderlin (1982), György Ligeti has set exclusively Hungarian poetry to music for his a cappella works, preferring texts by the poets Bálint Balassa (1554-1594) and Sándor Weöres (1913-1989). In addition to the programmatic realisation of textual content, he is primarily interested in the special phonetic sequences, rhythms, intonations and accents of the Hungarian language, resulting in music that is richly coloured, rhythmically concise and expressively significant.

The SWR Vokalensemble will perform Ligeti's vocal works at the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele (25 May), the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest (26 May), the Moers Festival (28 May), the Prague Spring Festival (28 May), Milano Musica (31 May), the Festival Manifeste Paris (19 June) and the Musikfest Stuttgart (22 June).

As early as March 21, the school project will come to a close in Stuttgart: the ARD broadcasting corporation has called for the nationwide music education project "The Ligeti Experiment". The SWR Vokalensemble is organising workshops in which the pupils learn to trust their ears and transform their inner images and fantasies into a film. As a closing event, there will be two film premieres, with the Vokalensemble singing new music that paints vivid pictures.

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