Pierre Boulez: Young Composer and Conductor | Praga Digitals PRD250332

Pierre Boulez: Young Composer and Conductor

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Label: Praga Digitals

Cat No: PRD250332

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th April 2016

Contents

Artists

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Josephine Nendick (soprano)
Louis Devos (tenor)
Barry McDaniel (baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Orchestre du Domaine musicale
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Conductor

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Works

Bartok, Bela

Violin Concerto no.1, Sz 36 BB48a

Boulez, Pierre

Le Soleil des Eaux

Debussy, Claude

Jeux

Stravinsky, Igor

Concertino for 12 instruments
Le Chant du Rossignol
Symphonies of wind instruments

Artists

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Josephine Nendick (soprano)
Louis Devos (tenor)
Barry McDaniel (baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
Orchestre du Domaine musicale
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Conductor

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

About

Darius Milhaud, French composer of an earlier and more conservative generation, paid Pierre Boulez what must be the ultimate compliment - “He despises my music, but conducts it better than anyone”.

Boulez (1925-2016) started conducting in order to perform his own music and that of major 20th century composers such as Debussy, Bartók and Stravinsky, and went on to great heights with the grand repertoire including Wagner and Mahler (but avoiding Brahms). These recordings offer a foretaste of his conducting genius and allow us to remember a great artist the world recently lost.

Track list:
1. Stravinsky - Le Chant du Rossignol
2-3. Bartok - Violin Concerto
4. Debusssy - Jeux
5. Stravinsky - Symphonies of Wind Instruments
6. Stravinsky - Concertino for 12 instruments
7-8. Boulez - Le Soleil des Eaux (1958 version)

Recorded: 1-4 Live Concertgebouw, 5-6 Paris, 7-8 London - 1962

2-3. Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
1-4. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Boulez
5-6. Orchestre du Domaine musicale/Boulez
7-8. Josephine Nendick (soprano), Barry McDaniel (baritone), Louis Devos (tenor), BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Reviews

There is nothing here that [Boulez] did not re-record later, though his own cantata Le Soleil des Eaux is performed in the 1958 version with three soloists, rather than the 1965 revision with just soprano and chorus that became definitive. And the soloist in Bartók’s First Violin Concerto from 1966 is Yehudi Menuhin, on supple, expressive form, which complements the recordings of the two violin Rhapsodies that Boulez and Menuhin made together a few years later. In general, the performances have the clarity and precision that became so typical of Boulez’s conducting, but without the expressive expansiveness that he went on to develop.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 20 May 2016

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