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Classic Archive - Pierre Boulez

Classic Archive: Pierre Boulez Conducts
Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 3085238  
Composer:  Claude DebussyArnold SchoenbergIgor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 39 Mins. 

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“Classic Archive” is a new series featuring music DVDs of legendary artists, thus offering – at a sensational mid-range price - a unique view of our classical music heritage. The recordings were retrieved from several television archives in Europe and were lovingly restored, using the finest state-of-the-art technology. On this DVD, home viewers encounter Pierre Boulez, one of the most intriguing musical personalities of our times. Boulez, born in 1925, is a leading composer and an influential conductor of contemporary music. His groundbreaking Debussy interpretations Nocturnes and Images freed Debussy from cliché. Boulez, with his astonishingly precise ear for pitch and sonority, appears to understand the language of his great Read more predecessor like no other. Here we see Boulez conducting the three pieces in recordings made in 1968 and 1974. His legendary sense of rhythm comes into play in Stravinsky’s innovative Rite of Spring (1913), recorded by the BBC in 1997 and he is the ideal interpreter for Schoenberg’s charming Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene (1930). Boulez conducts with precision and a deep understanding of the soundscapes of each composer: he “thinks music” and has confirmed himself as the authority on 20th century music. The DVD also includes additional film footage of Boulez while conducting Images and rehearsing Debussy’s Fêtes Jeux. This compilation makes for a wonderful homage to an important figure of 20th century music and includes first time DVD releases of Boulez’ most famous Debussy interpretations - a must-have!

Orchestras: New Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra

- additional film footage of Boulez' conducting Images and working on Fêtes and Jeux

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: LPCM 2.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Booklet notes: Tracklisting in English, French, German
Running time: 99 mins
No. of DVDs.: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: no 2, Fêtes by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
Jeux by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Images for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1912; France 
Incidental Music to a Motion Picture Scene, Op. 34 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; Berlin, Germany 
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 

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