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Boulez’ Répons in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 Juni 2015

Matthias Pintscher (c) Frank FervilleThe music is crystalline in its sheer beauty and in the mysterious network of quasi-neural connections that Boulez creates between every sound and moment in the piece. But Répons also has an awesome, torrential energy, in the streams of surreally fast music that careen throughout the ensemble, and in the collective, multi-dimensional sonic spectacular that the collective acoustic and electronic ensemble can create. (Tom Service, The Guardian, 12 June 2015)

A clearly impressed Tom Service has reviewed the Matthias Pintscher’s and the Ensemble Intercontemporain’s recent performance of Répons for The Guardian.

Read the full review

Find out more about Pierre Boulez on our #Boulez90 blog.

Beyond the score in Amsterdam

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 Mai 2015

Beyond the Score: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez will be performed on 2 June by Asko | Schönberg and the Slagwerk Den Haag at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

The show was conceived by Gerard McBurney as part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Beyond the Score series, keypieces from the Boulez’ oeuvre will be performed live together with the showing of rare archival footage and new interviews with the composer and conductor.

Eötvös conducts Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 April 2015

Péter Eötvös, Pierre Boulez (c) Priska Ketterer

Once, only Boulez himself could have achieved such a performance: fortunately he clearly now has successors who are equal to the task. (Gavin Dixon, bachtrack, 24 April 2015)

Péter Eötvös and the London Symphony Orchestra dedicated a concert to Pierre Boulez on 23 April at the Barbican in which they performed Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna and other works.

Read Gavin Dixon’s full review on bachtrack.

Boulez at 90: The Enfant Terrible of Modern Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 April 2015

ensemble intercontemporain (c) Luc Hossepied

If people complain of its atonality and difficulty, they should think of music from other cultures, which can sound equally alien and provide unequivocal evidence for tonal systems being the result of cultural conditioning. In this way, Boulez’s music can be seen as a universal music, rooted in the equally universal language of mathematics. (Emiel de Lange, Felix Online, 5.4.2015)

In a recent article on Felix Online Emiel de Lange explores the music of Pierre Boulez. Read the full article here.

On 23 April, Peter Eötvös conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a concert dedicated to Boulez, on 28 April a birthday salute by ensemble intercontemporain and Matthias Pintscher takes place. Read more about the concerts by clicking the respective links.

Pierre Boulez – 20th Century

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 März 2015

Pierre Boulez – 20th CenturyWhen Boulez turned 90 on March 26, he did so as perhaps the world’s most complete musician, and without doubt one of its very greatest conductors. The old stereotype has been almost perfectly inverted: Boulez is now lionized not only for his mastery of modern and contemporary works, but for the ability to elicit fresh sonic and structural details in works stretching back to the 19th century.

David Weininger on the Deutsche Grammophon’s 44-CD set “Pierre Boulez – 20th Century”. Find the full review on The Boston Globe.

Pierre Boulez at 90

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 März 2015

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

The relationship between Pierre Boulez and Universal Edition, which has been publishing his music since 1953, can only be described as serendipitous. Boulez has endowed the UE catalogue with many of his masterpieces and conquered new terrain with his use of electronics. Boulez is a pioneer whose roots are firmly embedded in tradition, including the one which UE publishes.

As a conductor, his unflagging commitment to the Vienna School has affirmed its place in the repertoire.

His esteemed and exemplary performances of music by Mahler, Bartók, Janáček, Szymanowski, Berio and many other UE composers crowns the good fortune of our collaboration.

Universal Edition congratulates Pierre Boulez on his 90th birthday.

Pierre Boulez at 90

Pierre Boulez at 90 on Flipboard

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 März 2015

Jonathan from UE has made a Flipboard magazine for Pierre Boulez at 90 – you can flip through it here:

View my Flipboard Magazine.

In praise of Pierre Boulez at 90

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 März 2015

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Alfred Schlee

“Ultimately I think Boulez is a great optimist, despite the shadows that coloured his early years. In the end what he believes is simple: today’s music has to be different from the music of the past.

That’s a natural thing. Western music continues to evolve and transform and change. And those that don’t agree, well … they’re wrong!” (George Benjamin, The Guardian, 20.03.2015)

In his article “In praise of Pierre Boulez at 90” composer George Benjamin salutes Pierre Boulez. Find the full article on The Guardian.

Other recent articles that you might like:

Musicians discuss the influence of Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez at 90: reviews from the archive

Total Immersion: Boulez at 90, Barbican Hall, review

Introducing the MusikSalon – dedicated to Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 März 2015

MusikSalon

 

Pierre Boulez celebrates his 90th birthday on 26 March. As a composer and conductor he is already an historic figure, not just for Universal Edition. His work has changed the world of music. This first edition of the MusikSalon, in which Boulez’ contemporaries and colleagues give us their thoughts, is dedicated to him.

Read the MusikSalon online

Aimard and Stefanovich play Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 März 2015

Aimard, Stefanovich, Harrison Parrott

“Parsing Boulez's complexity requires steady guidance, and they are two of the best at offering that.” (Dan Ruccia, Indy Week, 11.03.2015)

Find Dan Ruccia’s preview of Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich performing the music of Boulez on Indy Week.

Their tour started on 8 March at Cornell University, further performances take place at the University of California, Berkeley (12 March), Chicago Symphony Center (15 March), Carnegie Hall (16 March) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (18 March). Find out more on Harrison Parrott.

Also, we highly recommend that you check out Explore the Score: Pierre Boulez: Douze Notations, a project that Stefanovich recently launched together with the Ruhr Piano Festival:

Explore the Score: Pierre Boulez: Douze Notations

“Awake! Awake Jerusalem!” Lentz and Boulez in Sydney

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Februar 2015

Georges Lentz (c) Stanley Ciccone Inspired by the mystical visions of Blake and the grim world about us, Lentz's work has a certain apocalyptic force about it, but it's not in any way negative or intimidating. Instead, he carves these great chunks of sound from the madding crowd on stage in a way that is strangely gripping and coherent. I was deeply moved. (Harriet Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19.01.2015)

Harriet Cunningham of The Sydney Morning Herald has reviewed Wednesday night’s performance of Georges Lentz’ Jerusalem (after Blake) and Pierre Boulez’ Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna.

Read the full review on The Sydney Morning Herald.

Read Georges Lentz’ work introduction to Jerusalem (after Blake).

A Day for Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Februar 2015

Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Alfred Schlee

A Day for Pierre Boulez should be one of the essential classical musical experiences of the summer.

Tom Service of The Guardian has reviewed this year’s programme of the Lucerne Festival in Summer, which will be running from 14 August until 13 September.

Lucerne is where Boulez has arguably contributed the most to the future of new music in recent years, in his coaching and commissioning of composers, his tutelage of conductors, and above all his performances of the music he knows and loves the best with groups of astonishingly talented young musicians. (Tom Service, The Guardian, 19.02.2015)

Read the full article on The Guardian.

Before and After Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 Februar 2015

Pierre Boulez (c) Eric Marinitsch

Pierre Boulez’ Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna will be performed together with the Australian première of Georges Lentz’ Jerusalem (after Blake) and Debussy’s La Mer on 18 February as part of the Sydney Opera House's Pierre Boulez Composer Weekend. David Robertson conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

 

And the Grammy goes to…

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 Februar 2015

Congratulations to Pierre Boulez for being awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Martha Gilmer, a close colleague of Pierre Boulez, accepted the award on his behalf at yesterday’s ceremony.

Pablo Heras-Casado on Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 Februar 2015

Pablo Heras-Casado (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

We recently met conductor Pablo Heras-Casado in Salzburg to talk about the influence that his mentor Pierre Boulez had on him.

The full interview will be published in mid-March in the very first issue of our MusikSalon, which will be dedicated exclusively to Pierre Boulez.

Visit our #Boulez90 blog to keep track of the latest news on Pierre Boulez and MusikSalon.