Boulez: Anthèmes 2

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Hommage à Boulez

Hommage à Boulez


Boulez:

Dérive II

Live BBC Proms recording

Daniel Barenboim

Dialogue de L'Ombre Double

Live BBC Proms recording

Daniel Barenboim

Mémoriale

Live BBC Proms recording

Daniel Barenboim

Le Marteau sans maître

Live 85th birthday recording

Pierre Boulez

Anthèmes 2

Live 85th birthday recording

Daniel Barenboim

Messagesquisse

Live 85th birthday recording

Daniel Barenboim


Hommage à Boulez celebrates Daniel Barenboim’s and Pierre Boulez’ association, starting in June 1964, that for length and multifariousness, has few parallels in the history of music. Boulez became the first musician that Barenboim invited to share in conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (in 2007, at the Salzburg Festival). Features a selection of Boulez’ most iconic works out of live recordings from the BBC Proms Beethoven-Boulez cycle of concerts (London, Royal Albert Hall, July 2012), and Boulez’s 85th birthday concert (Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 4 April 2010), all performed by members of the West Eastern Divan orchestra. Boulez conducts members of the WEDO and Hilary Summers in his own work Le Marteau sans maître.

“A superb tribute comprising live recordings of solo and chamber pieces…Le Marteau sans maître [is] conducted with age-defying vigour by Boulez himself and exquisitely sung by Hilary Summers…Dérive 2 is simply breathtaking: in compositional scope and its precise yet fluid performance by the 11 virtuosos soloists under Barenboim’s taut direction” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 *****

“By my reckoning, this is Boulez’s fifth recording of [Le Marteau Sans Maître] that defines his own music better than any other; it’s perhaps more expressively flexible than earlier ones, but just as precise, and Summers makes a compelling soloist.” The Guardian, 16th March 2017 ****

Released or re-released in last 6 months

DG - 4797160

(CD - 2 discs)

$18.50

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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 ****

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Accentus Music - ACC30405

(CD)

$15.25

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Boulez: Sur Incises, Messagesquisse and Anthèmes 2

Boulez: Sur Incises, Messagesquisse and Anthèmes 2


Boulez:

Anthèmes 2

Messagesquisse

Sur Incises


GGramophone Awards 2001

Winner - Contemporary

Presto CD

DG Gramophone Awards Collection - 4762528

(Presto CD)

$11.00

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Boulez: Sur Incises, Messagesquisse and Anthèmes 2

Boulez: Sur Incises, Messagesquisse and Anthèmes 2


Boulez:

Sur Incises

Ensemble InterContemporain

Messagesquisse

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Ensemble de Violoncelles de Paris

Anthèmes 2

Hae-Sun Kang (violin)


GGramophone Awards 2001

Winner - Contemporary

DG 20/21 - 4634752

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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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