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Mozart, Berg: Works for 13 Wind Instruments / Boulez, Tetzlaff, Uchida, Ensemble InterContemporain

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gran Partita
>Berg, Alban : Chamber Concerto for Piano, Violin and 13 Winds
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Notes & Reviews:

"Boulez leads the brilliant Ensemble Intercontemporain in both pieces adding Mitsuko Uchida on piano and Christian Tetzlaff on violin in the Berg chamber concerto. Both works are superbly played, the musicians of the Ensemble Intercontemporain providing the necessary lyricism and emotional ambiguity to the Mozart 'Serenade'. Boulez emphasizes the sheer sonic beauty of the work, using the woodwinds to provide short brush strokes as he fills in the canvas. The Berg is given a luminous and slightly obscure reading, with Uchida and Tetzlaff acting as impromptu "gate-crashers" as they hover around the piece, adding to its mystery. It is hard to imagine either piece being better played than they are on this CD." -Audiophile Audition (audaud.com)

BBC Music Magazine
The Berg is superbly played... Christian Tetzlaff plays the solo violin part with breathtaking technical mastery...

Gramophone Magazine
... there's a sense of fun, of genial affection for the music. Whether in the fluid lines of the tender Adagio or the yearning Andante, or in the bustling, concise finale, where everything - in the true spirit of opera buffa - seems to come right, Boulez makes plain his relish for the work [Mozart Gran Partita]. Berg's Chamber Concerto was also written for an auspicious event - the 50th birthday of his friend and mentor Arnold Schoenberg. ...what makes Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Tetzlaff outstanding is their feeling for the piece's inherent theatricality. ...Urchida brings to the opening variation set a breathtaking rhapsody... the Rondo ritmico, begins with a swirling cadenza. The freedom of the two players here is extraordinary, undoubtedly helped by the fact that they toured the work before taking it into the studio.

The Guardian
[In the Mozart] the EIC's phrasing is a model of clarity and good taste. It's the performance of the Berg, though, that makes this such an important issue; both soloists...are perfectly attuned to Boulez's approach...The authority and logic of the performance are compelling, and this is easily the best version of this intractable work to appear on CD.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gran Partita
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: IRCAM, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France (03/19/2008-03/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1781

>Berg, Alban : Chamber Concerto for Piano, Violin and 13 Winds
  • Performers: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin); Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: IRCAM, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France (03/19/2008-03/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1923-1925