Hommage a Boulez
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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat No: 4797160
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 10th March 2017
Dialogue de l'ombre double
Le Marteau sans Maitre
Memoriale, for solo flute and 8 instruments
ArtistsHilary Summers (contralto)
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Boulez became the first musician that Barenboim invited to share in conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (in 2007, at the Salzburg Festival).
A selection of Boulez’s most iconic works from 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.
The release of this album coincides with the opening of another Barenboim initiative to remember his colleague and friend: the Pierre Boulez Saal, in Berlin. Built within the Barenboim-Said Akademie to a design by Frank Gehry, this provides an intimate concert setting for an audience of up to almost 700 seated all around the performers. With Barenboim conducting Boulez again at the opening concerts there, the story goes on.
“The Pierre Boulez Saal, just one of the many fruits of a lifelong professional friendship with Daniel Barenboim, creates an ideal space for the ever-changing needs of classical and contemporary music, which Pierre Boulez so passionately sought to share.” – Pierre Boulez Saal website
There’s Messagesquisses, for solo cello and six other cellos, and Anthèmes 2 for violin and live electronics, played by Michael Barenboim, thus echoing his recent solo disc, but the main work is Le Marteau Sans Maître, conducted by Boulez himself with Hilary Summers as the contralto soloist. By my reckoning, this is Boulez’s fifth recording of the work 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. Andrew Clements
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