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Boulez Conducts Boulez: ...explosante-fixe...

Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445833   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Sophie CherrierPierre-André ValadeEmmanuelle OphèlePierre-Laurent Aimard,   ... 
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD received the 1997 Grammy award for "Best Small Ensemble Performance".
...explosante-fixe... is one of the great flute concertos of the twentieth century. Originally composed in 1971 as a composition kit for unspecified instruments and dedicated to the memory of Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez has used it as source material for a number of later works. The present version of the title, from 1991-3, is for flute, two echoing flutes (all subjected to sampling and electronic transformation) and a chamber ensemble. Boulez in his old age has moved towards a much more lyrical even sensuous sound. Debussy's sea hovers in the background as does Schoenberg's summer wind. It is quite possibly the most sensuous music Boulez has ever
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The twelve tiny character pieces that make up 'Notations' are among Boulez' earliest works. The mature composer has now set about orchestrating and expanding them from the form heard here. Despite the ferocity of Boulez' reputation they are engrossing mood paintings. Book II of 'Structures' marked the composer's move from totally organized sound into the explosive fantasy of his later work. The only regret is the absence of the very short Book I on the present disc. This is a generous introduction to one of the finest French composers of the twentieth century. Read less

Works on This Recording

...explosante-fixe... by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Sophie Cherrier (MIDI Flute), Pierre-André Valade (Flute), Emmanuelle Ophèle (Flute)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 36 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notations (12) for Piano by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Structures for 2 Pianos, Book 2 by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano), Florent Boffard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1961 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris 
Length: 22 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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