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Pierre Boulez - The Erato Recordings (14 CDs)

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Exploring 20th century repertoire – both acknowledged masterpieces and new discoveries – this 14-CD anthology reflects the diverse aesthetic strands of Pierre Boulez’s programming over the course of his ground-breaking and influential career. These Erato recordings, made between 1966 and 1992, feature composers otherwise absent from Boulez’s discography – Xenakis, Donatoni, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough, Harvey and Höller – and the first CD release of the interpretation of Stravinsky’s incantatory Les Soucoupes in the version for female voices and four horns.

Pierre Boulez – the French composer, conductor and theorist who so powerfully influenced the world’s musical life in the second half of the 20th century – turns 90 on March 26th 2015. For more than 60 years he has exemplified the spirit of Modernism in music.

This 14-CD anthology comprises recordings Boulez conducted for the Erato label between 1966 and 1992. Exploring the diverse aesthetic strands of his programming, it makes a distinctive survey of music in the 20th century. The repertoire ranges from two founding masters of Modernism – Stravinsky and Schoenberg – through Boulez’s teacher, Messiaen, and the American Elliott Carter (born 17 years before Boulez) to composers of Boulez’s own generation – Berio, Ligeti, Xenakis and Kurtág – and composers of the generation that followed him, such as Hugues Dufourt, Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey and York Höller. The three CDs of Boulez’s own music contain some of his most celebrated works, including Pli selon pli, Le Visage nuptial and Le Soleil des eaux – all works for solo female voice and instruments.

Music by Xenakis, Donatoni, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough, Harvey and Höller does not feature elsewhere in Boulez’s extensive discography, while his interpretation of Stravinsky’s incantatory Les Soucoupes, in the version for female voices and four horns, has never before appeared on CD.

Pierre Boulez was born in Montbrison in the Loire. After starting off as a mathematician he went to study music with Olivier Messiaen in Paris, also taking lessons in 12-tone technique with René Leibowitz (a pupil of Schoenberg and Webern). He began to achieve celebrity as a composer while still in this twenties with music that both assimilated and defied the influence of Messiaen and of such giants of Modernism as Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

In the 1950s Boulez became active as a teacher at the famous contemporary music summer school in Darmstadt and later became a visiting professor at Harvard University. In the mid-1970s in Paris he founded the instrumental group Ensemble intercontemporain and also launched IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), which focuses on electro-acoustic music. Among the composers who worked with Boulez at IRCAM are Jonathan Harvey and York Höller

His teaching has continued in more recent years, notably, since 2002, as Composer-in-Residence at the Lucerne Festival.

As a conductor, Boulez has focused primarily on music of the 20th century. He is especially known for his interpretations of his own music and of Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky, but he has also conducted major composers of the 19th century, including Berlioz, Beethoven and Bruckner and Wagner – famously, he conducted the centenary production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival in 1976. He has been Principal Conductor of New York Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed a long association with the Cleveland Orchestra. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Chicago Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Among the other distinguished artists who feature in this collection, many of them particularly noted in 20th century repertoire, are: pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yvonne Loriod and Peter Serkin; singers Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Ann Murray, Felicity Palmer, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson and Simon Estes; in an acting role (in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat), Patrice Chéreau, who directed the centenary Ring des Nibelungen that Boulez conducted at the Bayreuth Festival in 1976; flautist

Patrick Gallois, oboist Heinz Holliger and violinist Pierre Amoyal, and the Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre National de France, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Compact Disc 1

01 Stravinsky : Pulcinella : I Ouverture 05 Stravinsky : Le Chant du Rossignol : I Marche Chinoise
02 Stravinsky : Pulcinella : II Serenata [Tenor] - Scherzino 06 Stravinsky : Le Chant du Rossignol : II Chant du Rossignol
03 Stravinsky : Pulcinella : III Tarantella [Soprano] 07 Stravinsky : Le Chant du Rossignol : III Jeu du Rossignol Mécanique
04 Stravinsky : Pulcinella : IV Gavotta con due variazioni

Compact Disc 2

01 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 1 Introduction 15 Quatre chants paysans russes : "les soucoupes" : Le brochet - By Jacques Jouineau And Choeur de Radio-France
02 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 1 Porté au vent, tombant au loin [Le Pêcheur] 16 Quatre chants paysans russes : "les soucoupes" : Monsieur Ventru - By Jacques Jouineau And Choeur de Radio-France
03 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 1 "Ah! Ah! Ah!" [Le Rossignol, Le Pêcheur] 17 Quatre chants paysans russes : "les soucoupes" : Près de l'église de Chigisakh - By Jacques Jouineau And Choeur de Radio-France
04 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 1 "Voici l'endroit, près de ces arbres" [La Cuisinière, Le Chambella 18 Quatre chants paysans russes : "les soucoupes" : Ovsen - By Jacques Jouineau And Choeur de Radio-France
05 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 1 "Ah, le chant du rossignol" [Le Rossignol, Les Courtisans, Le Bonz 19 Quatre chants paysans russes : "les soucoupes" : Le brochet - By Jacques Jouineau And Choeur de Radio-France
06 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 2 Entr'acte [Chorus, La Cuisinière, Le Chambellan] 20 Quatre chants paysans russes : "les soucoupes" : Monsieur Ventru - By Jacques Jouineau And Choeur de Radio-France
07 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 2 Marche chinoise [Le Chambellan] 21 Trois pièces pour quatuor à cordes : Con moto - By Quatuor Intercontemporain
08 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 2 Chanson du Rossignol [Le Rossignol, L'Empereur, Les Courtisans, Le 22 Trois pièces pour quatuor à cordes : Moderato - By Quatuor Intercontemporain
09 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 2 Jeu du rossignol mécanique [Les Courtisans, L'Empereur, Le Chambel 23 Trois pièces pour quatuor à cordes : Largo - By Quatuor Intercontemporain
10 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 3 Introduction [Spectres, L'Empereur, Le Rossignol] 24 "Madrid" Etude pour pianola - By Rex Lawson
11 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 3 "Ah, j'aime à t'écouter" [La Mort, Le Rossignol, L'Empereur] 25 Quatre études pour orchestre : Danse (Con moto) - By Patrice Fontanarosa, Pierre Boulez And Orchestre national de France
12 Stravinsky : Le rossignol : Act 3 Cortège solennel [L'Empereur, La voix du Pêcheur] 26 Quatre études pour orchestre : Excentrique (Moderato) - By Patrice Fontanarosa, Pierre Boulez And Orchestre national de France
13 Quatre chants paysans russes : "les soucoupes" : Près de l'église de Chigisakh - By Jacques Jouineau And Choeur de Radio-France 27 Quatre études pour orchestre : Cantique (Largo) - By Patrice Fontanarosa, Pierre Boulez And Orchestre national de France
14 Quatre chants paysans russes : "les soucoupes" : Ovsen - By Jacques Jouineau And Choeur de Radio-France 28 Quatre études pour orchestre : Madrid (Allegro con moto) - By Patrice Fontanarosa, Pierre Boulez And Orchestre national de France

Compact Disc 3

01 L'histoire du soldat : Première partie "Marche du soldat" 08 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Trois danses"
02 L'histoire du soldat : Première partie "Musique de la 1ère scène" 09 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Danse du diable"
03 L'histoire du soldat : Première partie "Musique de la 2ème scène" 10 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Petit choral"
04 L'histoire du soldat : Première partie "Musique de la 3ème scène" 11 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Couplets du diable"
05 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Introduction" 12 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Grand chorale"
06 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Marche royale" 13 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Marche triomphale du diable"
07 L'histoire du soldat : Deuxième partie "Petit concert" 14 Concertino pour 12 instruments à cordes

Compact Disc 4

01 Schönberg : Pelleas und Melisande Op.5 08 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : VII Variation 5
02 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : I Introduction 09 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : VIII Variation 6
03 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : II Theme 10 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : IX Variation 7
04 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : III Variation 1 11 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : X Variation 8
05 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : IV Variation 2 12 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : XI Variation 9
06 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : V Variation 3 13 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : XII Finale
07 Schönberg : Variations Op.31 : VI Variation 4

Compact Disc 5

01 Schönberg : Violin Concerto Op.36 : I Poco Allegro - Vivace - By Pierre Amoyal 03 Schönberg : Violin Concerto Op.36 : III Finale - Allegro - By Pierre Amoyal
02 Schönberg : Violin Concerto Op.36 : II Andante grazioso - By Pierre Amoyal 04 Schönberg : Piano Concerto Op.42 - By Peter Serkin

Compact Disc 6

01 Messiaen : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum : I "Des profondeurs de l'abîme, je crie vers toi, S 04 Messiaen : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum : IV "Ils ressusciteront, glorieux, avec un nom nouv
02 Messiaen : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum : II "Le Christ, ressuscité des morts, ne meurt plus 05 Messiaen : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum : V "Et j'entendis la voix d'une foule immense"
03 Messiaen : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum : III "L'heure vient où les morts entendront la voix 06 Messiaen : Couleurs de la cité céleste

Compact Disc 7

01 Berio : Sinfonia : I - By Pierre Boulez & Orchestre National de France 05 Berio : Sinfonia : V - By Pierre Boulez & Orchestre National de France
02 Berio : Sinfonia : II "O King" - By Pierre Boulez & Orchestre National de France 06 Berio : Eindrücke - By Pierre Boulez & Orchestre National de France
03 Berio : Sinfonia : III In ruhig fliessender Bewegung - By Pierre Boulez & Orchestre National de France 07 Jalons - By Pierre Boulez & Ensemble InterContemporain
04 Berio : Sinfonia : IV - By Pierre Boulez & Orchestre National de France

Compact Disc 8

01 Tema (1982) 07 Etudes pour piano (1er livre) : V - Arc-en-ciel - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard
02 Cadeau (1984) pour onze instruments - By Pierre Boulez And Ensemble intercontemporain 08 Etudes pour piano (1er livre) : VI - Automne à Varsovie - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard
03 Etudes pour piano (1er livre) : I - Désordre - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard 09 Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano: I. Andante con tenerezza (1982) - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jacques Deleplancque And Maryvonne le Dizes
04 Etudes pour piano (1er livre) : II - Cordes vides - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard 10 Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano: II. Vivacissimo molto ritmico (1982) - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jacques Deleplancque And Maryvonne le Dizes
05 Etudes pour piano (1er livre) : III - Touches bloqués - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard 11 Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano: III. Alla marcia (1982) - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jacques Deleplancque And Maryvonne le Dizes
06 Etudes pour piano (1er livre) : IV - Fanfares - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard 12 Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano: IV. Lamento. Adagio (1982) - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jacques Deleplancque And Maryvonne le Dizes

Compact Disc 9

01 Messages de Feu Demoiselle R.V. Troussova Op. 17 - By Adrienne Csengery, Pierre Boulez And Ensemble Intercontemporain 03 Modulations (1978)
02 ...agm... - By Choeur John Alldis, Pierre Boulez And Ensemble Intercontemporain

Compact Disc 10

01 Carter : Oboe Concerto - By Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Vincent Bauer, Michel Cerutty, Jean Sulem, Garth Knox, Louis Fima, Nathalie Baudoin & Ensemble Intercontemporain 06 Carter : A Mirror on Which to Dwell : IV Insomnia - By Pierre Boulez, Phyllis Bryn-Julson & Ensemble Intercontemporain
02 Carter : Esprit rude / Esprit doux - By Pierre Boulez, Sophie Cherrier & André Trouttet 07 Carter : A Mirror on Which to Dwell : V View of the Capitol from the Library of Congress - By Pierre Boulez, Phyllis Bryn-Julson & Ensemble Intercontemporain
03 Carter : A Mirror on Which to Dwell : I Anaphora - By Pierre Boulez, Phyllis Bryn-Julson & Ensemble Intercontemporain 08 Carter : A Mirror on Which to Dwell : VI "O Breath" - By Pierre Boulez, Phyllis Bryn-Julson & Ensemble Intercontemporain
04 Carter : A Mirror on Which to Dwell : II Argument - By Pierre Boulez, Phyllis Bryn-Julson & Ensemble Intercontemporain 09 Carter : Penthode - By Pierre Boulez & Ensemble Intercontemporain
05 Carter : A Mirror on Which to Dwell : III Sandpiper - By Pierre Boulez, Phyllis Bryn-Julson & Ensemble Intercontemporain

Compact Disc 11

01 Antiphysis - By Pierre Boulez And Ensemble Intercontemporain 04 Mortuos plango, vivos voco - By Peter Eötvös And Ensemble Intercontemporain
02 Funérailles (version 1977) - By Pierre Boulez And Ensemble Intercontemporain 05 Arcus - By Peter Eötvös And Ensemble Intercontemporain
03 Funérailles (version II 1980) - By Pierre Boulez And Ensemble Intercontemporain

Compact Disc 12

01 Pli selon pli : I Don 04 Pli selon pli : IV Improvisation No.3 sur Mallarmé
02 Pli selon pli : II Improvisation No.1 sur Mallarmé 05 Pli selon pli : V Tombeau
03 Pli selon pli : III Improvisation No.2 sur Mallarmé

Compact Disc 13

01 Le visage nuptial : I Conduite 05 Le visage nuptial : V Post-scriptum
02 Le visage nuptial : II Gravité - L'emmuré 06 Le soleil des eaux : I Complainte du lézard amoureux
03 Le visage nuptial : III Le visage nuptial 07 Le soleil des eaux : II La Sorgue - Chanson pour Yvonne
04 Le visage nuptial : IV Evadne 08 Figures, Doubles, Prismes

Compact Disc 14

01 Sonatine - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard 05 Memoriale [...Explosante-fixe...Originel]
02 Piano Sonata No.1 : I Lent - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard 06 Dialogue de l'ombre double
03 Piano Sonata No.1 : II Assez large - By Pierre-Laurent Aimard 07 Cummings ist der Dichter
04 Dérive J41


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