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Boulez Conducts Boulez - Le Marteau Sans Maitre, Livre Pour Cordes / Minton

Release Date: 10/15/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 74930  
Composer:  Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Yvonne Minton
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique VivanteNew Philharmonia Strings
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...one of the supreme achievements of 20th-century music...

-- Andrew Clements, The Guardian
on Le Marteau Sans Maître
...one of the supreme achievements of 20th-century music...

-- Andrew Clements, The Guardian
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Works on This Recording

Le marteau sans maître by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante
Written: 1953-5, rev 1957 
Date of Recording: 07/1972 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Livre pour cordes by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Strings
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Probably the best version of this modern classic April 10, 2018 By Stephen Barber (Carterton, Oxon) See All My Reviews "A recent BBC Building a Library feature considered all the recordings of this work, including six by Boulez himself. Out of them all, this was the one the reviewer considered the best. He also said it was only available as a download. Happily, it is still available as a physical CD. I bought it and was entranced. I haven't compared it closely with his later and final version with Hilary Summers, which I have also enjoyed, but on its own terms it is certainly a fine version and may well be the best." Report Abuse
 The  November 18, 2013 By R. M. (Madrid, Madrid) See All My Reviews "For some unfathomable reason, this recording of Le Marteau sans Maitre had inexplicably never been released on CD. I believe it is Boulez's third; the first two are available in the album "Pierre Boulez & Le Domaine Musical, vol.1" (on the French label Accord), while recording number 4 has been widely avaiable in its CBS incarnation, and the 5th is the DG account with Hillary Summers. Yvonne Minton is very convincing in her vocal contributions, and her lush voice provides the music with a degree of expression far higher than her predecessors. The pre-Ensemble Contemporain musicians (of the Musique Vivante group) are very clear under the composer's leadership, and there is a crispness to the ensemble's sound that permits one to notice every detail of thus breathtaking score. Many thanks to ArkivMusic for making this available!" Report Abuse
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