Record Review feb 2014-02-03
This is a wonderful disc containig musiv by Ligeti from a wide chronological range in exhilarating performances, recorded to perfection.
The Violinconcerto, the latest work on the recording, is as putty in the hands of Benjamin Schmid. He clearly not only relishes ist quirkiness but understands ist moments of fleeting beauty as intrinsic to its structure, so the „Aria“ that begins the second mouvement, for example, is not treated as a sentimental intrusion into an otherwise iconoclastic work but a part oft he total narrative. There is a tremendous maturity about the performance (including the ocarinas), and soloist and orchestra are as a seamless whole; in fact, there is a very chamber-like quality to the performance that brings out a tremendous amount of detail in the score that i don´t hear so clearly in the otherwise excellent recording by Saschko Gawriloff for Pierre Boulez.
Klassik Magazin Crescendo:
BENJAMIN SCHMID: LIGETIS NAGEL AUF DEN KOPF GETROFFEN