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Pierre Boulez in Moscow: Stravinsky, Webern & Debussy / Moscow Conservatory SO; Boulez

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pétrouchka
>Webern, Anton : Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Melodiya presents a record of the concert given by Pierre Boulez in Moscow 5 March, 1990. Arrival of Pierre Boulez in the USSR became a key event in the Russian's musical life and, at the same time, a symbol of the fall of the Iron Curtain, the beginning of a new era in Russian music art. Along with performances of music by Boulez and his younger colleagues with InterContemporain Ensemble, he organized a concert with the Moscow Conservatory symphonic orchestra.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The Petrouchka (1911) is spirited and idiomatic. There is an attractiveness to the rustic nature of all this, particularly in the opening scene and some of the dances in the fourth tableau; but if you are looking for a "tough" Petrouchka I would begin with Klemperer's great monaural recording of the 1947 version. La Mer is even more ham-handed than Boulez's reading with the Philharmonia on Sony. I can imagine that these performances may have been exciting in the concert hall.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (03/05/1990).



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pétrouchka
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: The Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911

>Webern, Anton : Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 22 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905