Rameau / Ligeti
Jean-Philippe Rameau

Rameau / Ligeti

Cathy Krier

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085533084
Catalog number: AVI 8553308
Releasedate: 12-09-14
Rameau’s 250th anniversay of his death
Ligeti and Rameau have the same approach to compose (e.g. hort pieces)
Very successful launch of her last album – Janacek
Will travel and play 2015/2016 as a Rising Star around the major concert halls
Super EPK; Ringtone and Free Track
Ringtone: (La Poule) (free)
For Download: La Dauphine (free)
Baroque Musique and Avantgarde – A contradiction?
Excerpts from CATHY KRIER’s liner notes:
“Does it make sense to combine the music of a French Baroque master with avant-garde
works written in the 1950‘s? Can one place these two composers – Jean-Philippe Rameau
(1683-1764) and György Ligeti (1923-2006) – side by side? Do they have anything in
common, and, if so, how can such traits be viewed from the vantage points of two entirely
different centuries?
If we choose to take György Ligeti‘s Musica Ricercata as a point of departure, the work’s
title immediately reminds us of an Early Baroque genre called ricercar, a precursor of the
fugue. With this choice of title Ligeti was paying tribute to Girolamo Frescobaldi, the father
of the ricercar………
As was most probably the case in Gregorian chant and in Baroque music, Ligeti sets
himself in each piece an extremely strict set of rules and limitations, within which he
strives to compose as freely as possible. These formal and structural limitations become
the very basis of his writing.
Ligeti displays a thoroughly intellectual approach to composition, always subjecting it to a
certain concept. Viewed from this angle, Rameau and Ligeti have much in common….”
Born in Luxembourg in 1985, Cathy began taking piano lessons at the Luxembourg Conservatoire at the
age of five. In 1999 she was admitted to Professor Pavel Gililov’s advanced class at the Hochschule für
Musik und Tanz in Cologne. In 2000 she recorded Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in G major with
the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carlo Jans. Her first solo recording was released
in 2008 and features pieces by Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin, Dutilleux and Müllenbach. Cathy Krier is the laureate
of a number of prizes and scholarships including the Prix Norbert Stelmes, awarded to her by the Jeunesses
Musicales du Luxembourg in 2003 and, in the following year, the IKB International Foundation Prize.
In 2006 she performed at the Ruhr Piano Festival following an invitation by Professor Robert Levin to join his
masterclass. Further stepping stones in Cathy’s training as a professional pianist were an invitation to the
Académie Musicale de Villecroze and her participation in masterclasses with Dominique Merlet, Homero Francesch
and Andrea Lucchesini under whom she undertook further studies at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.
In 2005 Cathy joined Cyprien Katsaris for a four-hand performance at the inauguration of the Luxembourg
Philharmonie; in 2007 she performed at the Luxembourg European Capital of Culture opening ceremony.
Cathy’s concert engagements have included performances in the US, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Germany,
Latvia, Andorra, Italy, France, Belgium and a number of European festivals. In 2012 she was invited to be
Artist in Residence at the Biermans-Lapôtre Foundation in Paris.
She has also performed with L’Estro Armonico, with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Solistes
Européens du Luxembourg, the Luxembourg-based chamber orchestra Les Musiciens, the Liepaja Symphony
Amber Sound Orchestra and the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under various conductors including
Jack Martin Händler, Bramwell Tovey, Garry Walker, Pierre Cao, Yoon K. Lee and Atvars Laktsigala.