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Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande; Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 Prelude / Boulez

Release Date: 03/06/2012 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001535502  
Composer:  Richard WagnerArnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Boulez wonderfully captures the sense of the young Schoenberg's overflowing creativity and the way in which the wealth of his musical ideas can hardly be contained within the orchestral frame, and the playing of the GMJO is suitably exuberant. It makes for a thrilling experience.” – The Guardian (UK)


Maestro Pierre Boulez’s renowned lucidity makes him an extraordinary conductor of this emotionally luxuriant music.

Celebrated for championing the most daring music of the 20th century, Boulez leads this 2003 Tokyo concert, played in the presence of Japan’s Emperor and Empress. Schoenberg’s Pelleas and Melisande and Wagner’s Prelude to “Tristan und Isolde” could have received no treatment more
Read more royal than he gives it at Suntory Hall with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

The Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra was founded by Claudio Abbado to provide young musicians the chance to work with established conductors and soloists. Based in Vienna, they tour during the Easter and summer seasons.

The Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, with which Pierre Boulez has toured four times, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. The present recording is testimony to Boulez’s esteem for this band.

The Guardian observed, “For a quarter of a century now Boulez’s performances of all the modernists have set benchmarks ... he remains unrivalled in the works of the Second Viennese School, and in Schoenberg in particular.”
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Works on This Recording

Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Tristan und Isolde / Act 1: Prelude To Act 1
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Die Achtel ein wenig bewegt - zögernd
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Heftig
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 9: Lebhaft
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 16: Sehr rasch
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 33: Ein wenig bewegt
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 36: Langsam
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 43: Ein wenig bewegter
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 50: Sehr langsam
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 55: Etwas bewegt
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 59: In gehender Bewegung
Pelleas und Melisande op.5: Ciff. 62: Breit

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