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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.

Boulez / Varèse

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 Februar 2015

Boulez/Varèse: ensemble intercontemporain“Fold by fold” – this is the English translation of the French title; the text was written by Stéphane Mallarmé – is a milestone in recent music history: in this work, Mallarmé – the revolutionary innovator of French poetry – meets Pierre Boulez, whose treatment of the text and instruments reveals him to be just as much a revolutionary innovator of music. Pli selon pli is therefore not just a “Portrait de Mallarmé”, but also one of Pierre Boulez. (Bálint András Varga)

On 3 February Matthias Pintscher, soprano Marisol Montalvo, the ensemble intercontemporain and the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris present an evening with Pierre Boulez’ Pli selon pli and Edgard Varèse’s Amériques at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Find out more on the website of the Philharmonie de Paris.

Watch an excerpt of Boulez conducting Pli selon Pli:

Boulez in Aldeburgh

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 Januar 2015

Aldeburgh Festival 2015

The full Aldeburgh Festival 2015 programme has been announced earlier this week. Find out more on our #Boulez90 blog.

“That's what you do for someone you love”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Januar 2015

Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra: 90th Birthday Salute

That the orchestra accomplished so much in a single weekend […] is astonishing. Then again, it also makes perfect sense. That's what you do for someone you love. (Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, 17.01.2015)

Each [of the five Notations] still seems as musically inevitable as the 1945 piano pieces did. Conductor and orchestra gave committed performances that surely would have pleased the French master. (Timothy Robson, bachtrack, 18.01.2015)

Find the full reviews of Franz Welser-Möst’s and the Cleveland Orchestra’s tribute concert to Pierre Boulez on 15 January by cleveland.com and bachtrack by clicking the respective links.

Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra: 90th Birthday Salute

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 Januar 2015

Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra: 90th Birthday Salute

Tonight, on 15 January, the Cleveland Orchestra presents a special musical celebration to salute Pierre Boulez’ 90th birthday, featuring his own music and works he has led to acclaim in performances with the orchestra.

Joela Jones’ performance of 12 Notations will be followed by Notations I-IV and VII. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra.

Watch the Cleveland Orchestra’s 90th birthday celebration concert preview on YouTube:

Get the score of 12 Notations

Boulez to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 Dezember 2014

Pierre Boulez (c) Peter Fischli, Lucerne Festival

Congratulations!

The Recording Academy has announced its Special Merit Awards recipients: among this year’s honorees is Pierre Boulez.

A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during Grammy Week on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

Boulez in Ojai

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 Dezember 2014

Ojai Music Festival

After highly acclaimed performances of A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez (Pablo Heras-Casado conducted the CSO), the west coast première of A Pierre Dream will be performed at next year’s Ojai Festival by mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell and the International Contemporary Ensemble (cond. Steven Schick).

Find out more on the programme of the Oija Music Festival.

Watch the trailer of A Pierre Dream:

Yejin Gil plays Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 November 2014

Yejin Gil (c) Adam Berry

On 4 November Yejin Gil, artist in residence at the Impuls Festival für Neue Musik in Sachsen-Anhalt, performed a solo recital, presenting pieces by Pierre Boulez, Unsuk Chin, György Ligeti and Olivier Messiaen.

Yejin Gil (c) Adam BerryEarlier in the year, Andrew Clements of The Guardian reviewed Yejin Gil’s debut disc, which features Pierre Boulez’ Incises:

All the seeds of that iridescent score [of sur Incises] can be heard in the piano piece, wonderfully articulated by Gil; the torrents of repeated notes in its opening section are fabulously even, the writhing, decaying chords that arrive later are perfectly weighted.” (Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 5.3.2014)

The Triumph of Time

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 September 2014

But the music’s real triumph lies in its unfaltering sense of movement. […] From start to finish the work treads like some implacable giant, and because its two main climaxes emerge from the bowels of a unitary experience they generate a violence and despair that transcend rhetoric. The word is on the tip of my pen and I can withhold it no longer. There are elements of greatness in this work. (Peter Heyworth, The Observer, 04.06.1972)

Harrison Birtwistle (c) Universal EditionListen to Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Triumph of Time in its entirety on BBC Radio 3 – the programme will still be online for 7 days.

Based on the homonymous allegorical painting by the sixteenth-century artist Pieter Bruegel, the 30-minute piece was first performed in 1972. This recording is from a performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Boulez.