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Boulez: Oeuvres Completes - Complete Works [13 CD Box Set]
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This edition has been completely carried out under the composers supervision, including the choice of recordings, and features world-class performances by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Maurizio Pollini, Christine Schäfer, Ensemble Intercontemporain and others.
This set features new recordings made especially for this edition, works previously unreleased on CD, and an exclusive interview with the composer.
New recordings made for the edition (world-premieres) Improvise - pour le Dr Kalmus pour piano et quatre instruments
Solistes de l Ensemble Intercontemporain / Recording 2012
Une page d ephemeride pour piano
Hideki Nagano, piano
Previously unpublished recordings
Derive 2, pour onze instruments
Ensemble Intercontemporain : Pierre Boulez
Live recording 2010
Notations I-IV et VII, pour grand orchestre
Ensemble Modern Orchestra : Pierre Boulez
Live recording 2007
200-page booklet in French and English.
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As others will mention time and time again, Boulez is constantly updating, withdrawing, and re-submitting his works. So this set shouldn't be called his "Complete Works" because they're not -- Boulez himself admits this. He chooses to omit Polyphonie X and Poesie pour pouvoir. It's more his "curated works" and even then, it's not complete. For example, the book included claims Boulez "finished" the missing movement IV for Livre pour quatuor in 2012, but that isn't included here -- a recording from 2000 represents Livre pour quatuor and obviously doesn't include IV. Why? I don't really know. Supposedly (according to Wikipedia, at least), 7 of the Notations have been orchestrated, though only 5 have ever been performed (or recorded). His health reportedly has been failing as of late (the man is 88, after all). So this set may well not only be what I call "curated" but also "definitive" for many years to come.
Most of the music here has been previously released, and it tends to get glowing reviews from reviewers because the only people who would buy Boulez's music are most likely admirers of his work.Read more ›
More thoughts here: [...]
Le Soleil des Eaux is an early cantata based on two René Char poems. It was written in 1948 and subsequently revised many times, culminating in the fourth version from 1965. This collection offers both the final version and an intermediary second version from 1950. Stylistically the work owes much to Schoenberg's Ewartung, spinning its content out of brief motives, and emphasizing orchestral and vocal color and sharp, angular melodic lines. The first movement is a dialog between the solo soprano, usually unaccompanied, and the orchestra, which tends to enter (seemingly impatiently) on the last word of the soprano's phrases, an effect that reminds me of the woodwind "Fighting Answerers" that respond to the trumpet in Ives' The Unanswered Question. The chorus is suppressed until the second movement, which opens with a bit of atmospheric scoring reminiscent of Debussy.Read more ›
And what about the actual recordings? Ha! Listen to le Marteau sans maitre, the excellent recording from Deutsche Grammophon, with lot's of detail and depth in all the instruments, as if they are playing in your room. Or his true masterpiece: Pli selon pli...especially the colorful percussion everywhere, the marimba's, voices etc. etc. And there is more: Pollini on piano... and the pieces with interference of manipulated sounds through computer-systems, Explosant-fixe, or Repons. Well, what can I say, listening through all these works in the last few weeks one thing comes to mind: it's unbelievable diverse in all possible ways modern music is thinkable of. Again and again I'm struck by the inventiveness of this love-able composer which I'm so happy to have seen a couple of years ago conducting his own music, here in Amsterdam. I hope he will stay with us a little bit longer...
And no, I'm not an academic, I really like to listen to this music which has grown to me over the years, like Boulez advises for new listeners: start slowly with simple pieces, relax, let the music speak to you, and it will come...
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Back in the mid-20th century, Pierre Boulez may not have made a good first impression on music lovers. His brash rejection of the current state of music rang harshly on many ears. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Personne
The venerable Pierre Boulez has died at the age of 90. That the man was a genius will be spelled by his continuing notoriety, not only for the many creative works he composed but... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Grady Harp
Wonderful extraordinary performances and recordings. Period. As a composer, conductor, and musical phenomenon, Boulez's only rival in both the 20th and 21st Century is Stockhausen. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Stephen 7n5K