Recital - Music of Ligeti and Boulez


7:30 PM


(le) Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker Street
New York NY

György Ligeti: Études for Piano
Cordes à vide
Automne à Varsovie
White on White
L'escalier du diable
Coloana infinită

Pierre Boulez: Second Sonata for Piano

Pierre Boulez: Third Sonata for Piano

(version 2021 - Antiphonie, Trope, Constellation - Miroir)

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For tickets: Taka Kigawa - Music of Ligeti and Boulez - Wed. Sept. 22 - (le) Poisson Rouge


The New York Times selected this concert as one of the highlights of the new season: Finally, a Lot of Classical Music and Opera to Hear This Season - The New York Times


György Ligeti’s études and Pierre Boulez’s sonatas have long been Taka Kigawa’s specialty. He has performed those pieces many times worldwide, garnering unanimous praise from both critics and audiences alike.
For his Ligeti performance, The New York Times wrote in the headline, “Taka Kigawa masters the Conflicting Rhythms of Ligeti.” The Wall Street Journal hailed, “The pianist Taka Kigawa gave an electrifying traversal of all 18 Ligeti Études, a kaleidoscopic set of works that demands the unrelenting energy and precision that are Mr. Kigawa’s specialties.”
For his Boulez performance, The New York Times has written: “Boulez’s Piano Solos in Taka Kigawa’s Hands.”; “Mr. Kigawa's feat deserves the highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and sensitivity to the musical material”; and, “Mr. Kigawa recast the [Boulez] sonata as an essay in how to apply suppleness to virtuosity, and the result was an energetic but also characterful account.” La Nacíon, Argentina’s leading paper, stated that “Kigawa, whose rhythmic sensibility is truly astonishing, proved to be a real master.”
Pierre Boulez himself highly praised Kigawa’s performance of his works: “I was very much impressed by the brilliant way he performed them. He was precise, and at the same time inventive.”


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