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Roth and Les Siècles release Ligeti CD and open Cartagena Festival

Contrasting with the well-received release of their latest CD (Chamber works by Ligeti), François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles open the International Cartagena Music Festival with the first of six concerts.

Under this year's festival theme, 'La vía francesa', they play five, typically eclectic, programmes of French music ranging from Rameau to Boulez, including works by Debussy, Ravel, Chabrier, Milhaud, Chausson, Fauré, Saint-Säens and Satie.

If you consider yourself a Ligeti aficionado, you need to hear these tour de force, cream-of-the-crop performances... the group's keenly sensitive ears for timbre (honed in recent recordings of Stravinsky, Chabrier and Debussy) create performances of rare textural pliancy

Gramophone, January 2017