- Sur Incises, for 3 pianos, 3 harps, 2 vibes & marimba - Pierre Boulez - Pierre Boulez - Ensemble Intercontemporain - Hartmut Pfeiffer
- Messagesquisse, for solo cello & 6 cellos - Pierre Boulez - Pierre Boulez - Ensemble Intercontemporain - Jean-Guihen Queyras - Hartmut Pfeiffer
- Anthemes II, for violin and electronics - Pierre Boulez - Hae Sun Kang - Hartmut Pfeiffer
The other major recent work featured on this disc is Anthèmes 2 (1997), for violin and electronics. Hae-Sun Kang is the fearless soloist here, her playing transformed and spatialized in real time, engendering a remarkable variety of sounds. This flexible combination of live performance and electronics, similar to the procedure used in Répons, is representative of the humanized approach to electronic music at which Boulez has arrived. The diversity of sound in these larger works is contrasted with homogeneity in the shorter piece played between them: Messagesquisse (1977) for seven cellos. Jean-Guihen Queyras is the soloist among the group, but virtuosity is required of them all. This album, from Deutsche Grammophon's invaluable 20/21 series, is obviously essential for Boulez fans, but it's also by far the best introduction to his music for curious newcomers. The performances, by members of the Ensemble Intercontemperain under Boulez's direction, are naturally superlative throughout.