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Boulez: Memoriale; Derive 1; Derive 2 / Daniel Kawka

Album Summary

>Boulez, Pierre : Memoriale, for flute & 8 instruments
>Boulez, Pierre : Derive I, for flute, clarinet, piano, vibes, violin & cello
>Boulez, Pierre : Derive 2
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

naïve classique presents a new recording dedicated to the legendary composer Pierre Boulez, performed by Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain. The Ensemble is a French orchestra which specializes in this field, conducted by Daniel Kawka, a conductor that has created almost 400 works of contemporary music The recording includes the world premiere of the latest version of Dérive 2, an outstandingly difficult piece.

Sunday Times
[DTrive 1] is a scintillating, frequently trilling, six minutes. DTrive 2, for 11 instruments - an 80th-birthday tribute to Elliott Carter - is a bewildering 51-minute expansion of the concept, a work whose sheer relentless continuity makes its well-nigh unique in modern music.

The Guardian
Experienced live [DTrive 2] can seem too long, but it's a revelation in the superb performance under Daniel Kawka on this disc; the recording is close and vivid, making the music's proliferating lines and abrupt changes of direction seem all-encompassing, and the ebb and flow of their inner tensions and resolutions are constantly involving.

The Independent
"DTrive 1" uses a Feldman-esque palette of woodwind, vibes, piano and strings, and although named for the structural principles of derivation upon which it's based, its drifting manner also suggests the French notion of a dTrive as pleasantly aimless wandering....[DTrive 2] is more purposive, its edgy opening pitching nervous strings against animated vibes and marimba.

Gramophone Magazine
With its creamy centres encased in slabs of fruity roughage, then sprinkled with hundred-and-thousands of vibraphone and marimba notes, Derive 2 sounds like birthday cakes ought to...Boulez turns the fucntion of hocketing against itself...Daniel Kawka's intelligent, plugged-in direction locates meaning within the labyrinth.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
This is a vast and overwhelming statement that will be a topic of many a doctoral dissertation, though likely of little interest to listeners unsympathetic to high modernist doctrine. Naive would have better served us by more detailed notes and, by all means, track divisions. The piece is certainly impressive, and these players acquit themselves with staggering virtuosity, as they must.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Kawka is clearly in awe of Boulez but fortunately he doesn't handle the music with reverence. These performances are thrillingly virtuoso, and the recorded sound has an edge-of-the-seat immediacy that beats Boulez's own recordings...Boulez's logic may seem fearsome when explained, but in performances as good as these, it carries you irresistably along.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Guy Poirieux, Montbrison, France (06/2011).


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Works Details

>Boulez, Pierre : Mémoriale, for flute & 8 instruments
  • Performer: Fabrice Junger (Flute)
  • Conductor: Daniel Kawka
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Boulez, Pierre : Dérive I, for flute, clarinet, piano, vibes, violin & cello
  • Conductor: Daniel Kawka
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Boulez, Pierre : Dérive 2
  • Conductor: Daniel Kawka
  • Running Time: 50 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988-1990