Pierre Boulez: The Complete Erato Recordings | Erato 2564619048

Pierre Boulez: The Complete Erato Recordings

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 2564619048

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 14

Release Date: 2nd March 2015

Contents

Artists

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Yvonne Loriod (piano)
Peter Serkin (piano)
Phyllis Bryn-Julson
Ann Murray
Felicity Palmer
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson
Simon Estes
Patrice Chereau
Patrick Gallois (flute)
Heinz Holliger (oboe)
Pierre Amoyal (violin)
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Orchestre National de France
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Pierre Boulez

Works

Berio, Luciano

Sinfonia

Birtwistle, Harrison

...AGM...

Boulez, Pierre

Cummings ist der Dichter
Derive 1, for 6 instruments
Dialogue de l'ombre double
Figures-doubles-prismes
Le Soleil des Eaux
Le Visage Nuptial
Memoriale, for solo flute and 8 instruments
Piano Sonata no.1
Pli selon pli
Sonatine for flute and piano

Carter, Elliott

A mirror on which to dwell
Esprit rude, Esprit doux
Oboe Concerto
Penthode

Donatoni, Franco

Cadeau
Tema for 12 instruments

Dufourt, Hugues

Antiphysis

Ferneyhough, Brian

Funerailles II
Funerailles I

Grisey, Gerard

Modulations

Harvey, Jonathan

Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco

Holler, York

Arcus

Kurtag, Gyorgy

Messages of the Late Miss R.V. Troussova, op.17

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Etudes pour piano, Book 1 (Nos 1-6)
Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano

Messiaen, Olivier

Couleurs de la Cite Celeste
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Schoenberg, Arnold

Pelleas und Melisande, op.5
Piano Concerto, op.42
Variations for Orchestra, op.31
Violin Concerto, op.36

Stravinsky, Igor

Chants paysans russes (4) 'Les soucoupes'
Etudes (4) for orchestra
Le Chant du Rossignol
Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)
Madrid
Pieces (3) for string quartet
Pulcinella

Xenakis, Iannis

Jalons

Artists

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Yvonne Loriod (piano)
Peter Serkin (piano)
Phyllis Bryn-Julson
Ann Murray
Felicity Palmer
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson
Simon Estes
Patrice Chereau
Patrick Gallois (flute)
Heinz Holliger (oboe)
Pierre Amoyal (violin)
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Orchestre National de France
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Pierre Boulez

About

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.

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.

Contents:
CD 1

Stravinsky: Pulcinella - Le Chant du rossignol     
CD 2
Stravinsky: Le Rossignol - Quatre Chants paysans russes 'Les Soucoupes' - Trois Pièces pour quatuor à cordes - 'Madrid' - Quatre Etudes pour orchestre 
CD 3
Stravinsky: L'Histoire du soldat - Concertino for 12 Instruments   
CD 4
Schoenberg: Pelléas et Mélisande - Variations op.31    
CD 5
Schoenberg: Violin Concerto, op.36 - Piano Concerto, op.42   
CD 6
Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum; Couleurs de la Cité Céleste
CD 7
Berio: Sinfonia - Eindrücke / Xenakis: Jalons     
CD 8    
Donatoni: Tema for 12 instruments - Cadeau
Ligeti: Etudes for piano (Book 1); Trio, for violin, horn and piano
CD 9 
Kurtág: Messages de feu Demoiselle R V Troussova    
Birtwistle: ...AGM...
Grisey: Modulations     
CD 10 
Carter: Concerto for Oboe - Esprit rude/Esprit doux - A Mirror on which to Dwell - Penthode       
CD 11 
Dufourt: Antiphysis
Ferneyhough: Funérailles I &II 
Harvey: Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco
Höller: Arcus     
CD 12 
Boulez: Pli selon pli        
CD 13 
Boulez: Le Visage nuptial - Le Soleil des eaux - Figures, Doubles, Prismes  
CD 14 
Boulez: Sonatine for flute and piano - Piano Sonata No.1 - Dérive I - Mémoriale (...Explosante-fixe... Originel) - Dialogue de l'ombre double - Cummings ist der Dichter

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