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Grand Prix - Boulez: Sur Incises, Messagesquisse, Anthemes 2

Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000874802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Florent BoffardDmitri VassilakisFrédérique CambrelingSandrine Chatron,   ... 
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain membersParis Cello Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Awards for "Best Chamber Music Performance" and "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" ('Sur Incises').
This disc received the 2001 Gramophone magazine award for "Best Contemporary Recording."
In the avant-garde of the 1950s and 60s, Pierre Boulez established himself as the paragon of braininess and style, and while this disc reinforces his reputation as a master of form and formula, it also shows the septuagenarian composer is still evolving. The once "fearful symmetry" now has greater flexibility, and while his work has always used sound seductively it now has heat and passion to add to the unflappable cool of his earlier classics.
All three works deal with an expansion of a
Read more solo instrument. Based on the piano work 'Incises,' 'Sur Incises for three pianos, three harps and three percussion instruments, treats the whole ensemble as an extended piano, a sort of multi-layered virtual instrument broken into categories of percussive attack, sustain and overtones. 'Messagesquisse' similarly pits a solo cello against a group of six cellos who refract the soloist's music as if in a hall of very tricky mirrors. The most amazing transformations take place in 'Anthemes 2, in which the solo violin of the earlier 'Anthemes' is now ingeniously processed and projected spatially in an electro-acoustic realization by IRCAM's Andrew Gerzso.
Gramophone (1/01, p.63) - "...This supremely well-performed and engineered disc....is certain to be one of the year's outstanding contemporary music releases." Read less

Works on This Recording

Sur Incises by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Florent Boffard (Piano), Dmitri Vassilakis (Piano), Frédérique Cambreling (Harp),
Sandrine Chatron (Harp), Marianne Le Mentec (Harp), Vincent Bauer (Percussion),
Michel Cerutti (Percussion), Daniel Ciampolini (Percussion), Hidéki Nagano (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996/1998 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  IRCAM Projection Room, Paris, France 
Length: 37 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Messagesquisse by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Claude Giron (Cello), Thomas Durand (Cello), Valérie Aimard (Cello),
Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello), Raphaël Perraud (Cello), Alexis Descharmes (Cello),
Thierry Amadi (Cello)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain members,  Paris Cello Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Music City Concert Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Anthemes 2 by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Kang Hae-Sun (Violin), Andrew Gerzso (Electronics)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain members
Written: 1995-7 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  IRCAM Projection Room, Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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