Pierre Boulez: A Celebration

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Composer, conductor and musical pioneer Pierre Boulez, who died in January, was one of the most influential figures in 20th- and 21st-century cultural life.

Boulez’s connections with Edinburgh go right back to the second ever International Festival, in 1948, and he returned many times over the subsequent five decades with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, which he founded in 1976, as well as with many of the world’s leading orchestras.

Matthias Pintscher (c) Felix BroedeOn 12 August, Matthias Pintscher, soprano Yeree Suh and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrate the 56-year relationship that connected Pierre Boulez and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Pierre Boulez’ Don from Pli selon pli | Portrait de Mallarmé and Mémoriale (…explosante-fixe…Originel) will be performed together with Alban Berg’s Three Pieces for orchestra, which Boulez conducted several times at the International Festival, and Debussy’s La mer, one of the first works he brought to Edinburgh.

[Pli selon Pli] is emotionally very strong, because it’s great music! It’s like Ravel, in that it conveys such a strong and powerful emotion under all these layers of thought and pristine construction. (Matthias Pintscher)

Matthias Pintscher on Pli selon Pli

A recording of the concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 14 September at 8.30pm CET/CEST.

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