Bartók, Ligeti CD review - a finely balanced double bill

Matthias Pintscher
The Guardian

If you had to bet on which composer’s music from the later years of the 20th century will stand the long test of time, top of the list would surely be the Hungarian György Ligeti (1923-2006). The three concertos recorded here are totally contrasted, from the bubbling whimsy of the piano concerto (1986/88), through the darker, half-heard rustles of the much rarer cello concerto (1966), to the piercing originality of the superb violin concerto (1992), already firmly in the repertory.