UC Presents serves up a bracing array of chamber works in Ligeti series

Chicago Classical Review

By Tim Sawyier

The University of Chicago Presents’ season-long exploration of the music of György Ligeti continued Friday night at the Logan Center with a wide-ranging program of the composer’s chamber music. The works presented spanned almost 40 years of Ligeti’s productive life, and while the performances were varied, it was a rare and welcome opportunity to have such a perspective on the Transylvanian maestro’s oeuvre.

The evening opened with Ligeti’s Sonata for Solo Viola, performed by Spektral Quartet violist Doyle Armbrust. Composed between 1991 and 1994 for Tabea Zimmerman, the Sonata bears a structural similarity to Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor or Solo Violin, beginning with a spacious prelude and ending with an elaborate chaconne.

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