24/02/2010

Homage to Boulez

Reading time: 2 min. Pierre Boulez

The Berliner Festtage will feature an Hommage à Pierre Boulez, with the following works scheduled for 3 and 4 Apr:

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Improvisation I, II, III (soloist: Christine Schäfer), Messagesquisse, Anthèmes 2 and Le Marteau sans maître, conducted by Daniel Barenboim and the composer himself.

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Boulez is also on tour with the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC), conducting Dérive 2 and Cummings ist der Dichter in Cologne (13 Mar). The same works can be heard the day before in Paris. On 30 May, EIC will be performing sur Incises at the Spring Festival in Prague. Boulez last conducted this work, which is based on Incises, in Japan when he was presented with the renowned Kyoto Prize in November 2009. Susanna Mälkki is to conduct Répons at the Cité de la Musique in Paris on 15 Apr with EIC.

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Boulez has enjoyed a close partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic since 1996 and will be presenting all of the finished Notations I-IV and VII with the orchestra from 19-21 Mar.

Boulez's birthday will also be celebrated in style in the Netherlands - in Arnhem and at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam, where the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam is to perform Dérive 1 and 2, Éclat and Mémoriale (1, 4 Mar, c. Ed Spanjaard). Rotterdam will also be playing host to EIC, with Peter Rundel conducting Le Marteau sans maître and Dérive 2 on 20 May.

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