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Daniel Barenboim opens the 38th International Musikfest

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 Mai 2017

Daniel Barenboim at yesterday’s opening concert of the 38th International Musikfest at the Wiener Konzerthaus – the festival will focus on the oeuvre of Pierre Boulez, in 14 concerts compositions by Boulez will be performed over the next six weeks.

Find out more on the website of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Darragh Morgan launches new album

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 April 2017

Flyer (c) Darragh Morgan

This Saturday, 29 April, Darragh Morgan will be performing Pierre Boulez’ Anthèmes 2 and Steve Reich’s Violin Phase at the launch concert for his new album “For Violin and Electronics”.

The concert takes place at the Iklectik in London.

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Croatian première of Dérive 2

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 April 2017

Ensemble intercontemporain (c) Luc Hossepied

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschPierre Boulez dedicated Dérive 2 to his fellow composer Elliott Carter. The composer on Dérive 2: “When I reflected on some of Ligeti’s compositions, I felt the desire to dedicate myself to some almost theoretical research into periodicity in order to systematically examine its overlays, its shifts and its exchange.”

The work will have its Croatian première on 23 April at the Zagreb Youth Theatre. David Fulmer conducts the Ensemble intercontemporain.

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40 years Ensemble intercontemporain: an homage to Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 März 2017

With the Ensemble intercontemporain, Matthias Pintscher will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ensembles founding in an evening that pays homage to Pierre Boulez.

arte will broadcast the whole concert live on 18 March at 20:30. On the programme: works by Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern and Pierre Boulez.

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The International Musikfest focuses on Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Februar 2017

Pierre Boulez (c) Peter Fischli, Lucerne Festival

The 38th International Musikfest at the Wiener Konzerthaus focuses on the oeuvre of Pierre Boulez – in 14 concerts all of his compositions will be performed.

Find out more on the website of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

“Pierre Boulez: Die Partitur der Geste und das Theater der Avantgarde”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 November 2016

Martin Zenck: Pierre Boulez: Die Partitur der Geste und das Theater der AvantgardeProf. Dr. Martin Zenck’s book Pierre Boulez: Die Partitur der Geste und das Theater der Avantgarde was presented on 18 November at the Academy of Music in Mainz in a memorial concert for the great composer who passed away this January.

Pianist Pi-Hsien Chen performed both versions of Boulez’ Troisième Sonate pour piano.

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Great Hall of the Philharmonie de Paris named after Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Oktober 2016

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal Edition

The great hall of the Philharmonie de Paris has been named for its ‘spiritual father’, Pierre Boulez. The inauguration ceremony took place on 26 October in attendance of French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris.

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UE newsletter: Pintscher celebrates Boulez; Cerha in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 August 2016

UE newsletter: Pintscher celebrates Boulez; Cerha in Salzburg

Our latest newsletter is out now:

- Friedrich Cerha at the Salzburg Festival

- A Pierre Boulez celebration at the Edinburgh International Festival

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Concert homage to Pierre Boulez in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Januar 2016

On 26 January Matthias Pintscher, Paavo Järvi, Bruno Mantovani, Yeree Suh, Andrew Gerzso, the Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre de Paris and the Elèves du Conservatoire de Paris paid homage to Pierre Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris.

On the programme were Improvisation I, Messagesquisse, Improvisation II, Dérive 1, Notations I-IV and VII and extracts from Dialogue de l'ombre double.

You can watch the full concert here:

Pierre Boulez honoured in Paris Memorial Service

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 Januar 2016

Pierre Boulez Memorial Service (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

The memorial service for Pierre Boulez at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris was attended last Friday by the French prime minister Manuel Valls, the culture minister Fleur Pellerin as well as the former culture minister Jack Lang.

The musician Daniel Barenboim spoke of Boulez’s legacy as a man of the future interested in many things beyond music – for Barenboim, Boulez was a “true man of the future”.

Pierre Boulez Memorial Service (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Laurent Bayle, president of the Philharmonie de Paris, recalled Boulez’ creative achievements including Boulez’s lifelong disdain for “les invalides de la nostalgie”.

The most moving and evocative homage was delivered ex tempore by the architect Renzo Piano, recalling Boulez’s lifelong search for beauty: “Merci, Pierre, Merci.”

Ö1: In memoriam Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 Januar 2016

Pierre Boulez (c) Alfred Schlee

Today at 7:30 CET/CEST, the Austrian radio station Ö1 presents the 2 1/2 hour programme In memoriam Pierre Boulez.

In the studio: Lothar Knessl, who knew Pierre Boulez since the post-war years, Christian Scheib, who was responsible for the script of “Pierre Boulez in Salzburg”, Florian Rosensteiner, who worked as a producer with Boulez, and Albert Hosp, who interviewed him for Ö1 on Mahler and Szymanowsky.

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Fiona Maddocks’ best classical music of 2015

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 Dezember 2015

Beautiful – Georg Friedrich Haas’ Morgen und Abend and the “Total Immersion: Boulez at 90” programme made it into Fiona Maddocks’ best classical music of 2015 article:

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Alea Sands: a ballet set to Anthèmes II

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 November 2015

Laura Hecquet (c) Julien BenhamouIn tribute to Pierre Boulez, this special evening brings together three great moments of musical and choreographic modernity and reunites two other major creative forces of the 20th century whose works Boulez has often conducted: György Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky.

Set to Boulez’ Anthèmes II, British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s ballet Alea Sands will première on 3 December at the Opéra national de Paris and be performed together with Polyphonie and Le Sacre du printemps.

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Boulez 90: New Dialogues at the National Sawdust

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 November 2015

National Sawdust (c) 2015 / Jazz Bank / Pascal Gallois.

None of the dreams we indulged as adolescents at Oberlin would have even entered our minds without the intrepidity and the audacity of Pierre Boulez. […] In the words of Boulez himself, “Music is a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal.” (Claire Chase & Joshua Rubin, ICE co-artistic directors)

Pascal Gallois (c) Pascal GalloisHonouring Pierre Boulez’ 90th birthday, conductor and bassoonist Pascal Gallois and the International Contemporary Ensemble present their Boulez 90 – New Dialogues programme at the National Sawdust – a new performance venue for contemporary music in Brooklyn – on 17, 18, 19 and 21 November. A selection of Boulez’ oeuvre will be performed alongside works of his contemporaries and those of young composers.

ICE is performing together with bassoonist Pascal Gallois on this project that was recently on tour in Paris and Brittany in France. A highlight of the concert series will be performances of Le Marteau sans maître with mezzosoprano Katalin Károlyi and Éclat.

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“a revelation”: A Day for Boulez in Lucerne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 August 2015

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal EditionThe fully orchestrated versions, composed towards the end of the century, were laid bare by the presentation of the original piano pieces of 1945, written when he was just 20. It was a revelation. (Jonathan McAloon, The Telegraph, 24 August 2015)

Jonathan McAloon has recently reviewed A Day for Pierre Boulez for The Telegraph. The concert was held on Sunday, 23 August, at the Lucerne Festival.

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