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|1||Piano Études: Book One: I. Désordre (Ligeti)||2:23|
|2||Piano Études: Book One: II. Cordes à vide (Ligeti)||3:31|
|3||Piano Études: Book One: III. Touches bloquées (Ligeti)||1:58|
|4||Piano Études: Book One: IV. Fanfares (Ligeti)||3:37|
|5||Piano Études: Book One: V. Arc-en-ciel (Ligeti)||3:36|
|6||Piano Études: Book One: VI. Automne à Varsovie (Ligeti)||4:31|
|7||Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: Maestoso; Allegro con brio ed appassionato (Beethoven)||8:29|
|8||Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile (Beethoven)||16:49|
|9||Piano Études: Book Two: VII. Galamb borong (Ligeti)||2:36|
|10||Piano Études: Book Two: VIII. Fém (Ligeti)||2:54|
|11||Piano Études: Book Two: IX. Vertige (Ligeti)||3:14|
|12||Piano Études: Book Two: X. Der Zauberlehrling (Ligeti)||2:24|
|13||Piano Études: Book Two: XI. En suspens (Ligeti)||2:47|
|14||Piano Études: Book Two: XII. Entrelacs (Ligeti)||2:54|
|15||Piano Études: Book Two: XIII. L’escalier du diable (Ligeti)||5:10|
News & Reviews
- Friday, December 6, 2013
Jeremy Denk spoke with PBS NewsHour's Art Beat correspondent Jeffrey Brown about his new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations and its companion DVD with video "liner notes" of Denk demonstrating passages on the piano as he explains certain details of the iconic piece. In their conversation, Denk describes the Variations as "one of the most beautiful music lessons in history." Watch the NewsHour segment here. Jeremy Denk joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for two concerts this weekend.
- Monday, November 18, 2013
Jeremy Denk was featured on NPR's All Things Considered this weekend. He spoke with host Arun Rath about J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and his new recording of it. "The piece is kind of about invention and imagination," says Denk. "In another way, it's like the biggest jazz riff ever written. It's endlessly funny in some ways and endlessly moving in other ways."
About this Album
Click HERE to read Jeremy Denk's Ligeti/Beethoven liner note.
Nonesuch releases the label debut from acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, Ligeti/Beethoven, on May 15, 2012. The solo recording features Ligeti’s Piano Études, Books One and Two, which Denk memorably performed in a series of recitals in 2011. The New York Times said his reading of the works left “audience members grasping for superlatives at intermission.” The sets of études, six from Book One and seven from Book Two, bookend Denk’s recording of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111, on the album. The Times said of Denk’s 2010 Mostly Mozart Festival performance of the work: “This account, alive to every suggestion and nuance in the score, was an absolute joy to witness. Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination—both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.”
In his Ligeti/Beethoven liner note, Denk explains his reasons for recording these works together: “One curious connection…is the way both Ligeti and Beethoven relate themselves to jazz (and to syncopation, rhythmic dislocation generally). Many people get disturbed, or confused, by Beethoven’s anachronistic boogie-woogie; but I can’t help thinking that however unlikely, this is an outgrowth, too, of ecstasies latent in the holy theme. There is a sense of ecstasy, too, in the discombobulations of Ligeti …
“But the most significant connection for me is between Beethoven’s vast timeless canvas and Ligeti’s bite-sized bits of infinity. Almost every étude visits the infinite; Ligeti uses it almost as a kind of cadence, a reference point. From simplicity, he ranges into unimaginable complexity; he wanders to the quietest and loudest extremes; he veers off the top and bottom of the keyboard. Always the infinite is lurking around, reminding you that it’s not impossible, that it exists. I think of the way, among other things, Beethoven drifts off at the end of the Arietta, the way he indicates ending without ending, implies an infinite space of silence surrounding the work.”
Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as one of today’s most compelling and persuasive artists with an unusually broad repertoire. He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New World, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphonies, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra in London. He appears often in recital in New York, Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia. Denk maintains working relationships with a number of living composers and has participated in many premieres. Denk’s recording of music by Charles Ives, released on his own Think Denk Media label, made many Best of 2010 lists, including those of the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and New York magazine. He also is an avid chamber musician and a respected writer, both on his blog and in such publications as The New Yorker.
Jeremy Denk, piano
Produced by Adam Abeshouse
Recorded September 2011 by Adam Abeshouse at SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Purchase, NY
Mixed and Mastered by Adam Abeshouse
Design by Evan Gaffney
Photography by Michael Wilson