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Pierre Boulez Conducts Stravinsky

Audio Samples

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Fireworks, Op. 4
>Stravinsky, Igor : Etudes (4) for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pétrouchka
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
>Stravinsky, Igor : Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le roi des étoiles
>Stravinsky, Igor : Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale), symphonic poem for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphonies of Wind Instruments
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony in Three Movements
>Stravinsky, Igor : Ebony Concerto
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino, for string quartet
>Stravinsky, Igor : Instrumental Miniatures (8), for 15 players
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks")
>Stravinsky, Igor : Elegy, for viola (or violin) solo
>Stravinsky, Igor : Epitaphium
>Stravinsky, Igor : Double Canon for String Quartet
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pastorale, song without words for voice & woodwind quartet
>Stravinsky, Igor : Poems of Verlaine (2), song cycle for voice & piano or orchestra, Op. 9
>Stravinsky, Igor : Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Petites Chansons (3), for voice & chamber orchestra ("Souvenir de mon enfance")
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Songs (4) for voice, flute, harp & guitar
>Stravinsky, Igor : Tilim-bom, transcription for voice & orchestra (after Histoires pour enfants no 1)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra
>     Song of Parasha
>Stravinsky, Igor : Songs (3) from William Shakespeare, for voice, flute, clarinet & viola
>Stravinsky, Igor : In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, dirge-canons & song for voice, string quartet & 4 trombones
>Stravinsky, Igor : Elegy for J. F. K., for voice & 3 clarinets
>Stravinsky, Igor : Sacred Songs (2), transcription for voice & 9 instruments (after Wolf
>     Spanisches Liederbuch)

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Fireworks, Op. 4
>Stravinsky, Igor : Etudes (4) for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pétrouchka
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
>Stravinsky, Igor : Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le roi des étoiles
>Stravinsky, Igor : Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale), symphonic poem for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphonies of Wind Instruments
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony in Three Movements
>Stravinsky, Igor : Ebony Concerto
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino, for string quartet
>Stravinsky, Igor : Instrumental Miniatures (8), for 15 players
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks")
>Stravinsky, Igor : Elegy, for viola (or violin) solo
>Stravinsky, Igor : Epitaphium
>Stravinsky, Igor : Double Canon for String Quartet
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pastorale, song without words for voice & woodwind quartet
>Stravinsky, Igor : Poems of Verlaine (2), song cycle for voice & piano or orchestra, Op. 9
>Stravinsky, Igor : Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Petites Chansons (3), for voice & chamber orchestra ("Souvenir de mon enfance")
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano
>Stravinsky, Igor : Songs (4) for voice, flute, harp & guitar
>Stravinsky, Igor : Tilim-bom, transcription for voice & orchestra (after Histoires pour enfants no 1)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Songs (3) from William Shakespeare, for voice, flute, clarinet & viola
>Stravinsky, Igor : In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, dirge-canons & song for voice, string quartet & 4 trombones
>Stravinsky, Igor : Elegy for J. F. K., for voice & 3 clarinets
>Stravinsky, Igor : Sacred Songs (2), transcription for voice & 9 instruments (after Wolf
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This 6-CD set gathers together for the first time all of Pierre Boulez's Stravinsky recordings on Deutsche Grammophon. It includes the three great "Russian" ballets: Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring - with two of the world's greatest orchestras, Chicago and Cleveland, as well as a "symphonies" disc recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic. Two discs of solo, chamber, and vocal works, featuring the virtuoso Ensemble InterContemporain (founded by Boulez) complete the set.

"An unexpected but revelatory disc. The results are refined rather than biting in the Symphony of Psalms and Wind Symphonies, where Boulez's restraint combined with beautifully molded ensemble gives way to dramatic power only at key climaxes. The poignancy of the Wind Symphonies is reinforced, and the beauty of the Symphony of Psalms culminates in a glowing account of the final apotheosis, one of Stravinsky's most sublime inspirations." -Penguin Guide (on the symphonies)

"The performances are in general exemplary in their precision and avoidance of sentimentality. Phyllis Bryn-Julson brings a particularly attractive astringency to the sets of folklike or nursery songs where it would be all too easy for the singer to adopt an archly over-emphatic manner, and she blends well with the instruments, notably in the ravishing textures of the Three Japanese lyrics. Ann Murray is no less idiomatic in the Cat's Cradle Songs and, later, in the very different world of the Shakespeare settings. Even the smallest of these pieces has some telling instrumental detail, revealing how important such collections were to Stravinsky, especially in the years after The Rite of Spring, as a means of refining his still evolving musical language." -Gramophone (on the songs)

"Boulez once again gives us such a focus of accuracy that, familiar with the pieces, one can have a real sense of vertigo, gazing into each musical moment with both microscopic detail and a grand feel of scale and occasion. The burlesque of Pétrouchka is portrayed in an almost cinematically spectacular style in this recording, and the music responds well to such a succulently delicious recording." -MusicWeb-International (on Petrouchka & Le Sacre Du Printemps)



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1910

>Stravinsky, Igor : Fireworks, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Stravinsky, Igor : Etudes (4) for orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1929

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pétrouchka
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 16 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913

>Stravinsky, Igor : Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le roi des étoiles
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Stravinsky, Igor : Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale), symphonic poem for orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Notes: Composition written: 1917.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphonies of Wind Instruments
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Notes: Composition written: 1947.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 20 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony in Three Movements
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 22 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1945

>Stravinsky, Igor : Ebony Concerto
  • Performer: Michel Arrignon (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (02/1982); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (11/1980); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (12/1981)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo
  • Performer: Alain Damiens (Clarinet)
  • Notes: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (02/1982); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (11/1980); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (12/1981)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino, for string quartet
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (02/1982); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (11/1980); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (12/1981)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1920

>Stravinsky, Igor : Instrumental Miniatures (8), for 15 players
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (02/1982); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (11/1980); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (12/1981)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks")
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (02/1982); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (11/1980); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (12/1981)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1938

>Stravinsky, Igor : Elegy, for viola (or violin) solo
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (02/1982); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (11/1980); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (12/1981)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Stravinsky, Igor : Epitaphium
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (02/1982); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (11/1980); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (12/1981)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Stravinsky, Igor : Double Canon for String Quartet
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Notes: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (02/1982); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (11/1980); IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (12/1981)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pastorale, song without words for voice & woodwind quartet
  • Performer: Phyllis Bryn-Julson
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Stravinsky, Igor : Poems of Verlaine (2), song cycle for voice & piano or orchestra, Op. 9
  • Performer: John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Stravinsky, Igor : Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Phyllis Bryn-Julson
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Stravinsky, Igor : Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra)
  • Performer: Phyllis Bryn-Julson
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913

>Stravinsky, Igor : Petites Chansons (3), for voice & chamber orchestra ("Souvenir de mon enfance")
  • Performer: Phyllis Bryn-Julson
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano
  • Performer: John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Stravinsky, Igor : Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano
  • Performer: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915-1916

>Stravinsky, Igor : Songs (4) for voice, flute, harp & guitar
  • Performer: Phyllis Bryn-Julson
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Stravinsky, Igor : Tilim-bom, transcription for voice & orchestra (after Histoires pour enfants no 1)
  • Performer: Phyllis Bryn-Julson
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra :: Song of Parasha
  • Performer: Phyllis Bryn-Julson
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1922

>Stravinsky, Igor : Songs (3) from William Shakespeare, for voice, flute, clarinet & viola
  • Performer: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Stravinsky, Igor : In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, dirge-canons & song for voice, string quartet & 4 trombones
  • Performer: Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Stravinsky, Igor : Elegy for J. F. K., for voice & 3 clarinets
  • Performer: John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Stravinsky, Igor : Sacred Songs (2), transcription for voice & 9 instruments (after Wolf :: Spanisches Liederbuch)
  • Performer: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1968