Pierre Boulez: The Complete Works / Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Maurizio Pollini, piano; Christine Schafer, soprano [13 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

...explosante-fixe... by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Sophie Cherrier (MIDI Flute), Pierre-André Valade (Flute), Emmanuelle Ophèle (Flute)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1973; France
Date of Recording: 10/1994
Venue: IRCAM, Paris
Length: 36 Minutes 43 Secs.

Notations (12) for Piano by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945; France
Date of Recording: 06/1993
Venue: IRCAM, Paris
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs.

Structures for 2 Pianos, Book 2 by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano), Florent Boffard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956-1961
Date of Recording: 06/1993
Venue: IRCAM, Paris
Length: 22 Minutes 6 Secs.

Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano), Sophie Cherrier (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946

Sonata for Piano no 1 by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946

Memoriale (... Explosante-Fixe... Originel) by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Sophie Cherrier (Flute)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1985; Paris, France

Dialogue de L’ombre Double by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Alain Damiens (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1982-1985

Cummings ist der Dichter by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1970

Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1974-1975
Date of Recording: 11/1976
Venue: Henry Wood Hall, London
Length: 25 Minutes 19 Secs.

Eclat/Multiples for 25 Instruments by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: after 1970
Date of Recording: 11/1981
Venue: IRCAM, Paris
Length: 17 Minutes 2 Secs.

Pli selon pli by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957-1962
Length: 67 Minutes 34 Secs.

Le visage nuptial by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Elizabeth Laurence (Mezzo Soprano), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946-1951
Length: 29 Minutes 18 Secs.

Le soleil des eaux, for soprano, SATB chorus & orchestra by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1950-1965
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs.

Figures, Doubles, Prismes by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957/1968
Length: 20 Minutes 43 Secs.

Sonata for Piano no 2 by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948

Sonata for Piano no 3 by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Paavali Jumppanen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957

Structures for 2 Pianos, Book 1 by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Aloys Kontarsky (Piano), Alfons Kontarsky (Piano)
Written: 1951-2

Domaines by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Alain Damiens (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968

Domaines by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Michel Portal (Clarinet)
Conductor: Diego Masson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musique Vivante Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968

Eclat for 15 Instruments by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965

Une page d’éphéméride by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Hidéki Nagano (Piano)

Sur Incises by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Florent Boffard (Piano), Dmitri Vassilakis (Piano), Frédérique Cambreling (Harp),
Sandrine Chatron (Harp), Marianne Le Mentec (Harp), Vincent Bauer (Percussion),
Michel Cerutti (Percussion), Daniel Ciampolini (Percussion), Hidéki Nagano (Piano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain members
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1996/1998
Date of Recording: 12/1999
Venue: IRCAM Projection Room, Paris, France
Length: 37 Minutes 6 Secs.

Messagesquisse by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Claude Giron (Cello), Thomas Durand (Cello), Valérie Aimard (Cello),
Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello), Raphaël Perraud (Cello), Alexis Descharmes (Cello),
Thierry Amadi (Cello)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain members, Paris Cello Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977
Date of Recording: 10/1999
Venue: Music City Concert Hall, Paris, France
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs.

Anthemes 2 by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Kang Hae-Sun (Violin), Andrew Gerzso (Electronics)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain members
Written: 1995-7
Date of Recording: 12/1999
Venue: IRCAM Projection Room, Paris, France
Length: 20 Minutes 27 Secs.

Répons by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Daniel Ciampolini (Glockenspiel), Frédérique Cambreling (Harp), Vincent Bauer (Vibraphone),
Daniel Ciampolini (Xylophone), Michel Cerutti (Cimbalom), Andrew Gerzso (Electronics),
Florent Boffard (Piano), Dmitri Vassilakis (Piano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981-1984
Date of Recording: 09/1996
Venue: Concert Hall, Cité de la Musique, Paris
Length: 42 Minutes 31 Secs.

Dialogue de L’ombre Double by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Andrew Gerzso (Electronics), Alain Damiens (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1982-1985
Date of Recording: 09/1996
Venue: Concert Hall, Cité de la Musique, Paris
Length: 18 Minutes 13 Secs.

Incises by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Dimitri Vassilakis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1994; France

Le marteau sans maître by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Hilary Summers (Alto)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Written: 1953-5, rev 1957
Date of Recording: 09/2002
Venue: IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris
Length: 38 Minutes 32 Secs.

Dérive 2 by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 09/2002
Venue: IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris
Length: 24 Minutes 33 Secs.

Dérive 1 by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984
Date of Recording: 09/2002
Venue: IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs.

Le marteau sans maître by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Jeanne Deroubaix (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Written: 1953-5, rev 1957

Le soleil des eaux, for soprano, SATB chorus & orchestra by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Joseph Peyron (Tenor), Iréne Joachim (Soprano)
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra, French National Radio Chorus
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1950-1965

Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Severino Gazzelloni (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946

Anthemes by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Jeanne-Marie Conquer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century

Livre pour cordes by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968; France

Improvisé “Pour le Dr. Kalmus” by Pierre Boulez

Performer: Odile Auboin (Viola), Emmanuelle Ophèle (Flute), Alain Billard (Clarinet),
Sebastien Vichard (Piano), Eric-Maria Couturier (Cello)

Livre pour cordes by Pierre Boulez

Orchestra/Ensemble: Parisii String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968; France

Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 7 by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Modern Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945/1978; France

Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 4 by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Modern Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945/1978; France

Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 3 by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Modern Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945/1978; France

Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 2 by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Modern Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945/1978; France

Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 1 by Pierre Boulez

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Modern Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945/1978; France

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.

The Guardian, 20th June 2013
The set's backbone is, naturally enough, the recordings of his own work Boulez has supervised for Deutsche Grammophon over the past 15 years or so...All deserve their own performing traditions, beyond Boulez's own performances. But it's the definitive accounts of what is unquestionably some of the most significant music of our time that will remain the benchmarks.



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