Boulez: Anthèmes

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Bach, Bartok & Boulez: Works for Solo Violin

Bach, Bartok & Boulez: Works for Solo Violin


Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005

Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Boulez:

Anthèmes

Anthèmes 2


Michael Barenboim (violin)

Conceived like a solo recital, Michael Barenboim's first solo album features the works of three composers that have had a profound impact on his musical upbringing. On paper, these pieces could not seem any more different, but together they create an unexpectedly astonishing listening experience. J. S. Bach’s Sonata No. 3 for solo violin demands the greatest artistic and technical skills of the violinist and yet its melodic simplicity remains unmatched in its beauty. Béla Bartók’s Sonata Sz.117 was clearly inspired by Bach’s works for solo violin, carrying Bach’s ideas into the music of the 20th century. Filled with contrasts and yet bearing a uniquely poetic aura, the work is equally demanding for the violinist - if not more so - as the Bach. Finally, in his "Anthèmes", Pierre Boulez explores the boundaries of what can actually be played on the violin. The abstractness of Boulez's "Anthèmes 1" is surpassed by "Anthèmes 2", where live electronic elements that Boulez helped to develop at the IRCAM studios in Paris are added into the music. These two works create an entirely new sonic experience that serves as a musical frame for this exceptionally unique and extraordinary recording.

“Four interrelated masterpieces constitute this unaccompanied violin recital. ...Barenboim’s ripe-toned playing is as meticulous, spontaneous and concentrated as his lineage suggests” Sunday Times, 12th March 2017

“Barenboim makes it all sound easy, though, with performances spilling over with life and drama. Every work's soul has been ignited and revealed, every second telling a story, all unmarred by a single glitch in intonation or articulation.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2017

“This unusual programme demands the kind of disciplined virtuosity that Michael Barenboim (son of David) has in spaces. His performances, flawlessly reproduced, are utterly persuasive and compelling. He has Boulez’s first-hand approval of his interpretation of the theatrical gestures of Anthèmes I & II and gives strikingly authoritative accounts, skilfully supported in Anthèmes II by Jeremie Henrot’s electronics” The Strad, April 2017

“Apart from the extensive range of technique that Michael Barenboim effortlessly realises, the confidence and maturity of the musical language [in the Boulez] is stunning, and often harmonically and texturally beautiful” BBC Music Magazine, June 2017 ***

“Bartók’s expansive four-movement Sonata (1944, for Yehudi Menuhin) finds Barenboim in gutsy and confident form for the arresting opening gesture and he goes on to use his virtuosic technique to clarify this complex music with shape and intensity, continued into the remaining movements, whether severe, touchingly expressive or, finally, racy and folksy (the last movement is without quartertones, as per Menuhin’s edition).” classicalsource.com, May 2017 ****

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Accentus Music - ACC30405

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Signature

Signature


Augustyn:

Utwor cykliczny No. 1 (Cyclic Piece No. 1)

Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Berio:

Sequenza VIII for violin

Boulez:

Anthèmes

Schnittke:

A Paganini for violin solo

Sørensen, B:

The Lady of Shalott


Christine Pryn (violin)

The Danish violinist Christine Pryn has premiered more than 100 works, and has always aimed at programming new and old music together in order to create contrast, development and perspective. Her playing has gained acclaim for its veracity, sensitivity and strength, and she has given concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia and the US. She has received numerous grants and prizes, including the Artist’s Prize awarded by the Danish society of music critics.

Danacord - DACOCD762

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Caroline Widmann: Reflections

Caroline Widmann: Reflections


Boulez:

Anthèmes

Sciarrino:

6 Capricci (1976)

Widmann, J:

Etudes I - III

Ysaÿe:

Sonata for solo violin in A minor, Op. 27 No. 2

Sonata for solo violin in E minor, Op. 27 No. 4


Caroline Widmann (violin)

When writing for a solo instrument like the violin, a composer is confronted with the limitations and the possibilities of the instrument on the one hand, but also with physical limits of the player on the other hand. In the end, only the reciprocal relationship between the soloist and the instrument defines the direction of sound, the musical process and the shape of composition.

This might be the reason why pieces for solo violin frequently were written by violinists who were very well acquainted with the possibilities of their own instrument. Apart from a plethora of acrobatic exercises, only a handful of masterworks prevailed.

Before Ysaÿe's six solo sonatas (written 1923/24) or Hungarian violinist and composer Zoltán Székely's solo sonata (written 1919/20), the established repertoire was limited to Bach's sonatas and partitas and Paganini's 24 Caprices.

Even though these works are more or less present in the minds of composers nowadays, the works for solo violin that were written in the second half of the 20th century and today experiment with new playing techniques and a new territory of expressivity.

Carolin Widmann plays a G B Guadagnini violin from 1782.

“A whole disc of unaccompanied violin may seem daunting — and mainly modern music, too — but Widmann’s items are intriguing and her playing is magnificent.” Sunday Times, 9th November 2014

“dazzlingly played. Warm, clear German Radio sound.” Classical Music *****

Profil Medien - PH14036

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Mari Poll plays Berio, Boulez & Schnittke

Mari Poll plays Berio, Boulez & Schnittke

The Royal College of Music Sessions


Berio:

Sequenza VIII for violin

Boulez:

Anthèmes

Schnittke:

A Paganini for violin solo


Mari Poll (violin)

Warner Classics - 9996028435

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Reflections I

Reflections I


Boulez:

Anthèmes

Sciarrino:

6 Capricci (1976)

Widmann, J:

Etudes I - III

Ysaÿe:

Sonata for solo violin in A minor, Op. 27 No. 2

Sonata for solo violin in E minor, Op. 27 No. 4


Carolin Widmann (violin)

Telos Music - TLS116

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Solo

Solo


Berio:

Sequenza VIII for violin

Boulez:

Anthèmes

Göritz:

Silhouettes

Lesage:

Ivresses, Songes, Sourdes nuits

Stravinsky:

Elegy, for solo violin


Julie-Anne Derome (violin)

“Here (Berio) Derome shows the extent of her technical facility and her imaginative grasp of this supremely difficult work in her ability to sustain its potency and drama through to the glorious stillness of the ending.” The Strad

Atma - ACD22117

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Pierre Boulez: The Complete Works

Pierre Boulez: The Complete Works


 

Interview with Pierre Boulez and Claude Samuel

Boulez:

Notations (12) pour piano

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Sonatine for flute and piano

Sophie Cherrier (flute), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 1

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Le Visage Nuptial

(third version)

Phyllis Bryn-Julson (soprano), Elizabeth Laurence (contralto)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Pierre Boulez

Piano Sonata No. 2

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Livre pour Quatuor - version 1962

Quatuor Parisii

Structures for 2 Pianos, Book 1

Alfons et Aloys Kontarsky (pianos)

Le Soleil des Eaux

Phyllis Bryn-Julson (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Pierre Boulez

Le Marteau sans maître

Hilary Summers (mezzo)

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Pli selon pli

version definitive, 1989

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Piano Sonata No. 3

Paavali Jumppanen (piano)

Structures for 2 Pianos, Book 2

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Florent Boffard (pianos)

Figures-doubles-prismes

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Eclat

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Multiples

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Domaines

Alain Damiens (clarinet)

Domaines

Musique vivante, Diego Masson

Improvisé - pour le Dr Kalmus pour piano et quatre instruments

Ensemble intercontemporain

Cummings ist der Dichter

second version - 1986

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Pierre Boulez

Livre pour cordes

Wiener Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Messagesquisse

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Solistes de l'Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Notations I-IV

Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Notation VII

Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Mémoriale

Sophie Cherrier (flute)

Solistes de l'Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

... explosante-fixe…

fourth version - 1995

Sophie Cherrier (flute)

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Anthèmes

Jeanne-Marie Conquer (violin)

Anthèmes 2

Hae-Sun Kang (violin)

Ircam

Répons

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Dialogue de L'Ombre Double

Alain Damiens (clarinet)

Dérive I

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Dérive II

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Incises

Dimitri Vassilakis (piano)

Sur Incises

Solistes de l'Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Une page d'éphéméride

Hideki Nagano (piano)

Le Marteau sans maître

Jeanne Deroubaix (contralto), Severino Gazzelloni (flute), Georges van Gucht (xyrimba), Claude Ricou (vibraphone), Jean Batigne (percussion), Anton Stingly (guitar), Serge Collot (viola)

Pierre Boulez

Le Soleil des Eaux

Irène Joachim (soprano), Joseph Peyron (tenor), Pierre Mollet (baritone)

Orchestre National de al RTF, Roger Désormière

Sonatine for flute and piano

Severino Gazzelloni (flute), David Tudor (piano)


The complete works of one of the greatest contemporary composers have been brought together for the first time in a 13-CD set.

This edition has been completely carried out under the composer's supervision, including the choice of recordings, and features world-class performances by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, Maurizio Pollini, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Christine Schäfer and others.

This set features new recordings made especially for this edition, works previously unreleased on CD, and an exclusive interview with the composer.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“The set's backbone is, naturally enough, the recordings of his own work Boulez has supervised for Deutsche Grammophon over the past 15 years or so...All deserve their own performing traditions, beyond Boulez's own performances. But it's the definitive accounts of what is unquestionably some of the most significant music of our time that will remain the benchmarks.” The Guardian, 20th June 2013 ****

“Pollini’s performance is simply stunning, with jaw-dropping virtuosity on display in every bar. No less impressive is another pianist, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who performs the First Piano Sonata as well as the Douze Notations; both recordings again demonstrate fearless pianism of the highest quality...there is some really extraordinary music here, that is undoubtedly worth taking the time to investigate.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 17th June 2013

Presto Disc of the Week

17th June 2013

DG - 4806828

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