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Boulez: Piano Sonatas, Rituel, Notatio

Album Summary

>Boulez, Pierre : Sonata for Piano no 1
>Boulez, Pierre : Sonata for Piano no 2
>Boulez, Pierre : Sonata for Piano no 3
>Boulez, Pierre : Rituel
>Boulez, Pierre : Notations (5 pieces developed from piano version), for orchestra
>Boulez, Pierre : Figures - Doubles - Prisms, for orchestra
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A classic naive release featuring music by the living legend, Pierre Boulez, performed by the late highly acclaimed pianist, Claude Helffer and Orchestre National de Lyon under the direction of David Robertson. Pianist Claude Helffer, acclaimed for his advocacy of 20th century music, performs Boulez's piano sonatas. Pierre Boulez is one of the most important musical and intellectual figures of the 20th century. As a composer, he wrote a new chapter in the history of music in the fifties, particularly with Le Marteau sans Maîtres and as a conductor, he gave contemporary music its rightful status and renovated many masterpieces of symphony and opera (Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartok and others). His recordings have earned him a total of 26 Grammys and vast numbers of other prestigious awards.

"This is a stylish composer portrait, one of a set Naïve is currently releasing...We have two discs, presenting two different faces of the composer, with an attractive booklet, complete with essay (on the sonatas), and an interview with Boulez and conductor David Robertson...The performances are excellent...And David Robertson is totally in tune with the music, and his years of conducting it are clear in the precision, clarity, and even grace of the orchestral performances. Overall, a classy product." - Fanfare



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Works Details

>Boulez, Pierre : Sonata for Piano no 1
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Boulez, Pierre : Sonata for Piano no 2
  • Running Time: 27 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947-1948

>Boulez, Pierre : Sonata for Piano no 3
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1963

>Boulez, Pierre : Rituel :: In Memoriam Bruno Maderna, for orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974-1975

>Boulez, Pierre : Notations (5 pieces developed from piano version), for orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978-1980

>Boulez, Pierre : Figures - Doubles - Prisms, for orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958-1968