Boulez Conducts Stravinsky

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The years have seen Pierre Boulez record for CBS, Erato, EMI, and Philips, among other labels, but his most consistent and critically praised work has appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, where he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and his own Ensemble InterContemporain in many successful performances. These ensembles are heard on this trimline, six-CD box set of Igor Stravinsky's major works, which brings together Boulez's recordings of "L'oiseau de feu," "Petrushka," "Le Sacre du printemps," "L'histoire du Soldat," the symphonies, concertos, and other works, recorded between 1980 and 1996. As one of the leading ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The years have seen Pierre Boulez record for CBS, Erato, EMI, and Philips, among other labels, but his most consistent and critically praised work has appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, where he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and his own Ensemble InterContemporain in many successful performances. These ensembles are heard on this trimline, six-CD box set of Igor Stravinsky's major works, which brings together Boulez's recordings of "L'oiseau de feu," "Petrushka," "Le Sacre du printemps," "L'histoire du Soldat," the symphonies, concertos, and other works, recorded between 1980 and 1996. As one of the leading champions of modernism, first as a composer and essayist, then as a prominent conductor, Boulez is regarded as an authority on Stravinsky's oeuvre, and it is difficult to imagine many conductors who have a better understanding of the technical and stylistic issues that affect performances. Boulez is also famous for his precision and meticulousness, which make the details stand out clearly in the rhythmically complex and texturally dense orchestral scores of the ballets, and yet seem so delicate and exact in the concertos and pieces for smaller ensembles. That Boulez has inspired a devoted international following is beyond question, so this collection of some of his finest recordings will appeal to his admirers and the wider circle of Stravinsky fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947787303
  • Catalog Number: 001660502
  • Sales rank: 40,562

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–15 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (46:11)
  2. 2 Fireworks (Feu D'artifice), fantasy for orchestra, Op. 4 - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (4:01)
  3. 17–20 Etudes (4) for orchestra - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (9:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version) - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (35:01)
  2. 5–6 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (33:27)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Scherzo fantastique, for orchestra, Op. 3 - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (11:32)
  2. 2 King of the Stars (Zvezdoliki), cantata for male chorus & orchestra - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (5:34)
  3. 3–6 Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale), symphonic poem for orchestra - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (20:37)
  4. 7–15 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (26:51)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Symphonies of Wind Instruments, for 23 wind instruments (1947 version) - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (9:15)
  2. 2–4 Symphony of Psalms, for chorus & orchestra - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (20:07)
  3. 5–7 Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (22:37)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Ebony Concerto, for clarinet & jazz band - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (8:55)
  2. 2 Pieces (3) for solo clarinet - Igor Stravinsky & Alain Damiens (4:06)
  3. 3 Concertino, for string quartet - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (6:37)
  4. 4 Instrumental Miniatures (8), for 15 players - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (7:19)
  5. 5–7 Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks") - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (15:16)
  6. 6 Elegy, for viola (or violin) solo - Igor Stravinsky & Gérard Caussé (5:12)
  7. 7 Epitaphium für das Grabmal des Prinzen Max Egon zu Fürstenberg, for flute, clarinet & harp - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (1:40)
  8. 8 Double Canon, for string quartet ("Raoul Dufy in Memoriam") - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (1:40)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Pastorale, song without words for voice & woodwind quartet - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (1:59)
  2. 2–3 Poems of Verlaine (2), song cycle for voice & piano or orchestra, Op. 9 - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (5:01)
  3. 4–5 Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (2:56)
  4. 6–8 Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra) - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (3:23)
  5. 9–11 Petites Chansons (3), for voice & chamber orchestra ("Souvenir de mon enfance") - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (3:10)
  6. 12–15 Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (4:24)
  7. 16–19 Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (3:50)
  8. 20–23 Songs (4) for voice, flute, harp & guitar - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (5:05)
  9. 21 Tilim-bom, transcription for voice & orchestra (after Histoires pour enfants No. 1) - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (1:15)
  10. 22 Mavra, opera buffa in 1 act: Song of Parasha - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (2:13)
  11. 26–28 Songs (3) from William Shakespeare, for voice, flute, clarinet & viola - Igor Stravinsky & William Shakespeare (7:13)
  12. 27 In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, dirge-canons & song for voice, string quartet & 4 trombones - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (7:53)
  13. 28 Elegy for J. F. K., for voice & 3 clarinets - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (1:49)
  14. 31–32 Sacred Songs (2), transcription for voice & 9 instruments (after Wolf: Spanisches Liederbuch) - Pierre Boulez & Igor Stravinsky (7:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pierre Boulez Primary Artist
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