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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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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 for 9 instruments, Op. 24 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  IRCAM-Studio/ESPRO, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
10.
Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 10 by Anton Webern
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: Modern 
Written: 1911-1913; Austria 
11.
Trakl Lieder (6), Op. 14 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Françoise Pollet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Sacred Songs (5), Op. 15 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Austria 
13.
Lieder (4), Op. 13 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Françoise Pollet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Vienna, Austria 

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