György Ligeti – Requiem (1935)


By Jeffrey Bryant

Ligeti’s Requiem was made infamous by one man. Despite the success and the sales that this brought Ligeti, Stanley Kubrick was sued by his beneficiary. The reason for this is that in “2001 A Space Odyssey”, Stanley Kubrick had used Ligeti’s music as part of the soundtrack, but had neither asked the composer’s permission, nor did he later offer a royalty for its use until he was sued. Curiously, and despite its immense popularity at the time, this is a difficult piece to listen to at home. There are a couple of reasons for this, though I suggest a solution here.

Artistes : Barbara Hannigan (soprano), Virpi Räisänen-Midth (mezzo-soprano), Maîtrise de Radio France, Sofi Jeanin (direction maîtrise), Choeur de Radio France, Michel Tranchant (chef de choeur), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Esa-Pekka Salonen (direction)