Song of the Night [Bonus Interview CD]by Pierre Boulez
Pierre Boulez, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday, adds another milestone to his performing and recording career with this all-new recording of Szymanowski's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 op. 35 and Symphony No. 3 op. 27 "Song of the Night". This recording was made with the Vienna Philharmonic and soloists Christian Tetzlaff on violin and tenor Steve Davislim. The album comes in a deluxe, hardcover package featuring two essays, numerous color photos, and a bonus CD including interviews with Boulez.
Though this marks Boulez's first recording of works by Szymanowski, he first encountered the composer's music in 1942 during a violin recital featuring "The Fountain of Arethusa" op. 30. According to Boulez, "In 1942, 1943 the avant-garde was not very popular! The only composer played was Richard Strauss - no Stravinsky and no Bartók, much less the Second Viennese School. Szymanowski was an exception who left me highly impressed, and the impression has remained deeply rooted in my memory."
For this recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Boulez has chosen two works which were composed chronologically near each other and both are highly Romantic with influences from Impressionism and mysticism. The third symphony is a setting of the poem of the same name from the collection Divan-i Shams-i Tabriz by Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (1207-1273). The poem, while apparently simple in form, led Szymanowski to delve deeply into all manner of meanings and ultimately create a sensuous and radiant work for large orchestra.
Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic, who have collaborated many times before on Deutsche Grammophon recordings, bring astonishing technical refinement and a luxurious sound to these two works. The large, expanded orchestra creates colors and sounds in the works of Szymanowski unlike any other heard and with the recording acoustics of the Großer Musikvereinssaal the listener can hear every detail.
To complete the album, Boulez is joined by violinist Christian Tetzlaff for a performance of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 op. 35. The violin concerto was composed just after Symphony No. 3 and, though much lighter and virtuosic, uses a similar musical language. Die Presse hailed Christian Tetzlaff's playing of the Violin Concerto in 2009: "Concentrated, rapt, and yet dauntlessly assertive..." Throughout Boulez gives his customary insightful and intellectual reading of the work while allowing it to blossom with the exotic fragrances of the orient as filtered through Szymanowski's Romantic style. From the Label
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- Deutsche Grammophon
Performance CreditsPierre Boulez Primary Artist
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