The Mad Show

As the New York Philharmonic prepares to unveil a semi-staged version of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, WILLIAM R. BRAUN looks at this tough, exasperating and frequently hilarious work.

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Ligeti at work in Hamburg, 1990
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György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre may be "one of the most performed of contemporary operas," says Alan Gilbert, "but somehow New York is passing it by." Gilbert, in his first season as music director o...

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