Buy New
$59.99
& FREE Shipping. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by cdgiveaways and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Boulez: Oeuvres Completes... has been added to your Cart
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$59.99
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Boulez: Oeuvres Completes - Complete Works [13 CD Box Set]

4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, July 23, 2013
"Please retry"
$59.99
$55.03 $128.99

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started
$59.99 & FREE Shipping. Details Only 1 left in stock. Sold by cdgiveaways and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Boulez: Oeuvres Completes - Complete Works [13 CD Box Set]
  • +
  • Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg
  • +
  • Complete Webern [6 CD Box Set]
Total price: $127.49
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

The complete works of one of the greatest contemporary composers have been brought together for the first time in this 13-CD set.

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
Recording 2012

Previously unpublished recordings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.

Product Details

  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Maurizio Pollini, Christine Schafer
  • Orchestra: Ensemble Intercontemporain
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Composer: Pierre Boulez
  • Audio CD (July 23, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00BLDHPZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Pierre Boulez Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Michael Suh on August 19, 2013
Format: Audio CD
First off, Boulez is not everyone's cup of tea. His early works in particular are very craggy, complicated, and highly serialized without any really discernible "themes" to guide you unless you follow along with a score (and even then, you are drawn to it more for its complexity than for anything else). I find some of his works to be near unlistenable sometimes -- they often give me a headache because you have to pay attention to everything all the time or else it's just a bunch of noise. And sometimes even still, it's just noise.

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 ›
3 Comments 40 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Just on the basis of the first two discs, this set is exemplary. The recordings sparkle and the performances are masterful. Boulez's music is far more approachable than many might think, featuring fantastic melodies, original orchestration, and sense of structure and dynamics that is breathtaking. While I have purchased several individual Boulez discs over the years, the amount of previously unreleased music here made this a must. Boulez is still alive and well and composing (as far as I know) so it remains to be seen how "complete" this set is. Also, Boulez is notorious for revising works ad infinitum (the back of the box actually says "Works In Progress") so these might not even be the definitive versions at the end of the day. But, for now, this is an essential document of Boulez in his 80's and a landmark release.

More thoughts here: [...]
10 Comments 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Any lover of Western art music who can afford this set should buy it. Not only do you get all of Boulez' best known works, you also get an opportunity to acquaint (or reacquaint) yourself with his lesser-known works, all in interpretations conducted or supervised by the man himself. There are a few historical recordings sprinkled among the many digital-era ones, and in a couple of cases the same composition is present in multiple versions or recordings. It's a great way to canvass the career of the most important French composer since Messiaen. Thirteen CDs defy a comprehensive treatment in one review, especially when the material is as concentrated as Boulez's. And at any rate, his music has already attracted plenty of commentary over the years. So I'll focus on some favorite moments from my own time traversing the set.

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 ›
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
It's there. A bold attempt to put out a complete works of the wonderful composer Pierre Boulez. His pieces appeared throughout the years on different labels in all sorts of recordings spread out over decades. I almost lost the perspective: well, finally, yes, order! That's exactly what is done so very well within this offering. It starts with the box itself, tasteful and provided with a very well made booklet with lot's of relevant information about the background of all the compositions and their transformations. It gives a lot of insight mainly because the whole set is put in a chronological order, with the exception of two nice and well chosen bonus discs of course.
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...
Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Boulez: Oeuvres Completes - Complete Works [13 CD Box Set]
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Boulez: Oeuvres Completes - Complete Works [13 CD Box Set]


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category