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PIERRE BOULEZ

Pierre Boulez is among the most influential contemporary musicians, as both a composer and a conductor. He is known principally for his extension of the techniques of serialism beyond the limits of the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, under the strong influence of his teacher Messiaen, into a logical style that brings with it a paradoxical freedom. His career as a conductor has brought him engagements with the most famous orchestras in a relatively wide repertoire, from Rameau to Wagner to the contemporary.

Piano Music

The music Boulez has written for piano includes three sonatas, the last involving an element of chance in the possible choices of order offered to performers. The first part of Structures I, for two pianos, was first performed by Messiaen with the composer in 1952, and Structures II was first performed by Yvonne Loriod and Boulez at Donaueschingen in 1961.

Vocal and Instrumental Music

The compositions of Boulez include works for various groups of instruments. Le Marteau sans maître is scored for alto, alto flute, guitar, vibraphone, xylorimba, percussion and viola; Improvisation sur Mallarmé I (the second part of Pli selon pli—Fold by Fold) is scored for soprano, harp, tubular bells, vibraphone and four percussion, while Improvisation II adds celesta and piano. Improvisation sur Mallarmé III is for soprano and orchestra. The choice of instruments here, as in Éclat and other works, is seemingly eclectic, certainly unusual, but logical in its relation to the music, much of which remains open to further development.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Idil Biret LP Originals Edition Naxos 8.501402

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Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BOULEZ, Pierre: In Rehearsal - BERG, A.: 3 Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6 / BOULEZ, P.: Notations I-IV (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100290
Classical Documentary
BOULEZ: Eclat / Sur Incises (NTSC) Ideale Audience
DVD9DS15
Classical Documentary
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 (NTSC) EuroArts
2012756
Classical Concert
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Pierre Boulez (NTSC) EuroArts
3085238
Classical Concert
DISCOVERING MASTERPIECES - BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra (NTSC) EuroArts
2056098
Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 2003 - BARTOK, B.: Concerto for Orchestra / MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 20 (Pires, Boulez) (NTSC) EuroArts
2053078
Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 2003 - BARTOK, B.: Concerto for Orchestra / MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 20 (Pires, Boulez) (NTSC) EuroArts
2053079
Classical Concert
HAYDN, J.: Symphonies Nos. 12, 22, 26, 93, 98, 103, 104 (Vienna Philharmonic, Dohnanyi, Mehta, Welser-Most, Harnoncourt, Boulez) Vienna Philharmonic
WPH-L-H-2009
Orchestral
INTRODUCING MASTERPIECES - BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 8 (NTSC) EuroArts
2056168
Classical Documentary
JUXTAPOSITIONS - THE EDITION (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3078398
Classical Documentary
LISZT, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / WAGNER, R.: A Faust Overture / Siegfried Idyll (Barenboim, Boulez) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10239
Classical Concert
LISZT, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / WAGNER, R.: A Faust Overture / Siegfried Idyll (Barenboim, Boulez) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20239
Classical Concert
MAHLER, G.: Knaben Wunderhorn (Des) / Symphony No. 10: Adagio (Kozena, Gerhaher, Boulez) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10231
Classical Concert
MAHLER, G.: Knaben Wunderhorn (Des) / Symphony No. 10: Adagio (Kozena, Gerhaher, Boulez) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20231
Classical Concert
MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 (Boulez) (HD-DVD, NTSC) EuroArts
2054414
Classical Concert
MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 (Boulez) (NTSC) EuroArts
2054418
Classical Concert
MILHAUD, D.: Christophe Colomb (Boulez) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81022-23
Opera
MUSIC IN THE AIR - A History of Classical Music on Television (Documentary, 2012) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101640
Classical Documentary
Orchestral Concert: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra - WEBERN, A. / STRAVINSKY, I. / MAHLER, G. (Boulez) Accentus Music
ACC-30230
Orchestral
PIERRE BOULEZ AND THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY (NTSC) EuroArts
2050146
Classical Concert
PIERRE BOULEZ AND THE LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY - Inheriting the Future of Music (NTSC) EuroArts
2058048
Classical Concert, Classical Documentary
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2008 OPENING CONCERT - RAVEL, M. / BARTOK, B. / STRAVINSKY, I. (Barenboim, Boulez) (NTSC) C Major
702508
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2011 OPENING CONCERT - BERG, A. / MAHLER, G. (Boulez) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
711004
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2011 OPENING CONCERT - BERG, A. / MAHLER, G. (Boulez) (NTSC) C Major
710908
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERTS, 2008-2011 (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) C Major
713608
Classical Concert
SCHAFER, Christine: In Concert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100331
Vocal
SCHAFER, Christine: In Concert (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100330
Vocal





 
 
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