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Posted October 1, 2010
In my opinion this is a fantastic recording. Pierre Boulez is a living legend, a great leader in either conducting and composing 20 century Avant-guarde music. This is a very complicated music period that requires great skills from musicians, most of them percussionists. It is also a music that does not follow the traditional rules of the tonal system, which make it hard to understand for the audience.
I had the privilege to attend at Carnegie Hall the performances of Ionisation and Ameriques. Pierre Boulez style of conducting is unique. He shows confidence, calm and knowledge.
This recording reflects all of that. My recomendation are that you need to listen them several times first in a quiet moment, paying attention to all and every instruments together. Remember that this is augenmusik, or music to be seen performed. That way you get a whole picture of what is going on.