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Boulez Conducts Webern / Ensemble Intercontemporain


Release Date: 03/14/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437786   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Webern
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent AimardFrançoise PolletChristiane Oelze
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporainBBC Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Boulez and Ensemble InterContemporain display grace and wit alongside their customary precision.

It is almost exactly a quarter of a century since Pierre Boulez recorded his complete Webern survey (now available on CD). This new collection, apart from being useful for anyone who doesn't want to buy three whole CDs of Webern, offers an interesting insight into how Boulez's way with a composer probably more central to him than any other has changed.

For a start he gives him a little more time: most of the pieces here are slightly but significantly slower than they were in 1970. This allows lines to be more subtly moulded, phrases to acquire a touch more poise. This is not to say that Boulez has softened and
Read more now phrases Webern as though he were Chopin, but grace and even wit (the second movement of the Quartet) are now noticeable alongside his customary precision. The Ensemble InterContemporain have been playing these pieces constantly since they were first founded, and it shows in the absolute assurance of their performances. The instrumental and choral works are very beautifully played and sung indeed, and anyone grappling with these pieces for the first time (or returning for another attempt) could hardly choose better.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [3/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1. Quintet for Piano and Strings, M 118 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2. Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen, Op. 2 by Anton Webern
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908/1914; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Rilke Lieder (2), Op. 8 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Françoise Pollet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Canons (5) on Latin Texts, Op. 16 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Traditional Rhymes (3), Op. 17 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Lieder (3), Op. 18 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Lieder (2), Op. 19 by Anton Webern
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain,  BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. Quartet for Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Piano and Violin, Op. 22 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1930; Mödling, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9. Concerto, Op. 24 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Quintet op.post.: Moderato
"Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen" op.2
2 Songs op.8 for voice and eight instruments: 1. "Du, der ich's nicht sage" Langsam
2 Songs op.8 for voice and eight instruments: 2. "Du machst mich allein" Sehr langsam
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.10: 1. Sehr ruhig und zart
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.10: 2. Lebhaft und zart bewegt
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.10: 3. Sehr langsam und äußerst ruhig
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.10: 4. Fließend äußerst zart
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.10: 5. Sehr fließend
4 Songs op.13 for voice and orchestra: 1. Wiese im Park: "Wie wird mir zeitlos" - Sehr ruhig
4 Songs op.13 for voice and orchestra: 2. Die Einsame: "An dunkelblauem Himmel" Bewegt
4 Songs op.13 for voice and orchestra: 3. In der Fremde: "In fremdem Lande lag ich"Fließend
4 Songs op.13 for voice and orchestra: 4. Ein Winterabend:"Wenn der Schnee ans Fenster fällt" Sehr ruhig
6 Songs op.14 for voice, clarinet, bass clarient,violin a.cello: 1. Die Sonne: "Täglich kommt die gelbe Sonne" Ruhig fliessend
6 Songs op.14 for voice, clarinet, bass clarient,violin a.cello: 2. Abendland I: "Mond, als träte ein Totes" Sehr lebhaft
6 Songs op.14 for voice, clarinet, bass clarient,violin a.cello: 3. Abendland II: "So leise sind die grünen Wälder" Langsam
6 Songs op.14 for voice, clarinet, bass clarient,violin a.cello: 4. Abendland III: "Ihr grossen Städte steinern aufge- baut" Langsam
6 Songs op.14 for voice, clarinet, bass clarient,violin a.cello: 5. Nachts: "Die Bläue meiner Augen" Sehr lebhaft
6 Songs op.14 for voice, clarinet, bass clarient,violin a.cello: 6. Gesang einer gefangenen Amsel: "Dunkler Odem im grünen Gezweig" Sehr fliessende Achtel
5 Sacred Songs op.15 for voice, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, harp, violin and viola: 1. "Das Kreuz, das mußt' er tragen" Getragen
5 Sacred Songs op.15 for voice, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, harp, violin and viola: 2. Morgenlied: "Steht auf, ihr lieben Kinderlein" Zart bewegt
5 Sacred Songs op.15 for voice, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, harp, violin and viola: 3. "In Gottes Namen aufstehn" Gemächlich
5 Sacred Songs op.15 for voice, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, harp, violin and viola: 4. "Mein Weg geht jetzt vorüber" Sehr ruhig
5 Sacred Songs op.15 for voice, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, harp, violin and viola: 5. "Fahr hin, o Seel', zu deinem Gott" Doppelcanon in motu cantrario: Fliessend
5 Canons op.16 for high soprano, clarinet and bass clarinet: 1. "Christus factus est" Rasch
5 Canons op.16 for high soprano, clarinet and bass clarinet: 2. "Dormi Jesu, mater ridet" Ruhig
5 Canons op.16 for high soprano, clarinet and bass clarinet: 3. "Crux fidelis" Langsam
5 Canons op.16 for high soprano, clarinet and bass clarinet: 4. "Asperges me, Domine" Sehr lebhaft
5 Canons op.16 for high soprano, clarinet and bass clarinet: 5. "Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine" Bewegt
3 Traditional Rhymes op.17 for voice, violin, viola, clarinet and bass clarinet: 1. "Armer Sünder, du" Gemächlich
3 Traditional Rhymes op.17 for voice, violin, viola, clarinet and bass clarinet: 2. "Liebste Jungfrau, wir sind dein" Fliessend
3 Traditional Rhymes op.17 for voice, violin, viola, clarinet and bass clarinet: 3. "Heiland, unsre Missetaten" Langsam
3 Songs op.18 for voice, E clarinet and guitar: 1. "Schatzerl klein" Sehr ruhig
3 Songs op.18 for voice, E clarinet and guitar: 2. Erlösung: "Mein Kind, sieh an" Sehr bewegt
3 Songs op.18 for voice, E clarinet and guitar: 3. "Ave, Regina coelorum" Langsam
2 Songs op.19 for mixed choir accompanied by celesta, guitar, violin, clarinet and bass clarinet: 1. "Weiß wie Lilien" Lebhaft, leicht und frei
2 Songs op.19 for mixed choir accompanied by celesta, guitar, violin, clarinet and bass clarinet: 2. "Ziehn die Schafe" Sehr gemächlich
Quartet op.22 for violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone and piano: 1. Sehr mäßig
Quartet op.22 for violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone and piano: 2. Sehr schwungvoll
Conerto op.24 for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trom- bone, violin, viola and piano: 1. Etwas lebhaft
Conerto op.24 for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trom- bone, violin, viola and piano: 2. Sehr langsam
Conerto op.24 for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trom- bone, violin, viola and piano: 3. Sehr rasch

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