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The Edition - Boulez, Carter, Glass, Messiaen, Pärt


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Juxtapositions   Catalog #: 3078398  
Composer:  Pierre BoulezElliott CarterPhilip GlassArvo Pärt
Performer:  Philip GlassPatricia Rozario
Conductor:  Ed SpanjaardPierre BoulezAlan JohnsonMyung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nieuw EnsembleEnsemble InterContemporainVoices of Europe
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 10 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Frank Scheffer must be congratulated for a film that succeeds on two clear levels. Firstly Carter’s life and work is captured with wonderful insight and warmth, placing his achievements in a historical context that reinforces his unique status in today’s musical world. Secondly, this is a hugely impressive piece of film-making in its own right. Imbued with a sense of atmosphere that remains from start to finish, the camera-work is beautifully done. This includes the occasional use of black and white footage of the composer and scenes of New York coupled with slow motion sequences that seem entirely natural given the composer’s preoccupation with the passage of time and his well documented views on time in the context of his music. The Read more result is one of the most striking filmic composer portraits you are ever likely to see and comes with unreserved recommendation."
-- Christopher Thomas, MusicWeb International [from a review of A Labyrinth of Time]

"...[A]n impressive work, valuable to both Messiaen aficionados and those desiring an introduction to the remarkable man and his remarkable music."
-- Art Lange, FANFARE [from a review of The Crystal Liturgy]

DISC 1 - PIERRE BOULEZ

Film 1: Eclat (Directed by Frank Scheffer)
Eclat is a real study of resonance written for fifteen instruments Pierre Boulez created in 1965, a glittering jewel of tightness and rationality, a riotously colorful mixture of open-form freedom and serialist order. Eclat (meaning "to burst out") is a kind of "concerto for conductor," where the musicians in the ensemble play semi-improvisational material prescribed within boxes in Boulez's score. Given this material, the conductor "composes" and controls the work via an elaborate and complex series of cues, directing the content of the music and deciding which musicians play when, as well as what they play.

In this film by Frank Scheffer, Eclat is performed by the Netherlands’ Nieuw Ensemble conducted by Ed Spanjaard, coached by Boulez himself.

Film 2: Sur Incises (Directed by Andy Sommer, Written by Hélène Jarry and Andy Sommer)
In A Lesson with Pierre Boulez, the composer explains with warmth, modesty and infectious enthusiasm, the hidden architecture of Sur Incises, one of his most recent works, to a non-specialized young audience. On a number of occasions, Pierre Boulez has shown that he can come up with the right words and gestures to throw a light on complex musical scores. Here he demonstrates his teaching talents in talking about his work as a composer and offers a witty exposition of the musical movements that make up its construction.

This masterclass documentary is complemented by a concert with Boulez conducting the nine soloists of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, who follow him with visible pleasure through the mysteries of this spectacular piece.

Languages: English – Français – Deutsch – Español – Nederlands - ??? (Japanese)
Total running time: 142 minutes
TV system: NTSC
Picture format: 4:3 full screen (Eclat), 16:9 widescreen (Sur Incises)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Region code: All

DISC 2 - ELLIOTT CARTER

* Elliott Carter represents almost a century of American music history. Throughout the world he is considered as one of the most important contemporary composers, one who finds inspiration in the clash of European tradition and American innovation. The creative period in his life spans more than 70 years and testifies of the composer's extraordinary dedication to the culture of music.
* In A Labyrinth of Time, Frank Scheffer shows Carter's musical development and projects his compositions in time, in a journey led the composer himself. Beautiful pictures of the city of New York, of which Carter is a lifetime citizen, used as a metaphor, help building the juxtaposition of Carter's music and its reflection on our democratic society.
* The film also features interviews with Daniel Barenboim, Charles Rosen and Pierre Boulez.

Accolades afforded to this film include:
- SACEM Award, Classiques en Images 2004.
- Best Documentary Award, Student Prize, Golden Prague Festival 2004.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: Dolby Digital 2.0
Region code: 0 (all)
Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese
Running time: 90 minutes
No. of DVDs: 1
Comprehensive 12-page booklet contains authoritative essay, discography, photos and biographies in English

DISC 3 - PHILIP GLASS

This documentary captures the overflowing energy and activity of one today’s greatest composers, Philip Glass, and allows us to follow him from New York to London and from Paris to Boston. He speaks about his beginnings, his moving to Paris for two years of intensive study with Nadia Boulanger, his meeting with Indian musician Ravi Shankar and director Robert Wilson, who had a deep influence on his career. The film also shows him at work on the last details of his opera The Sound of a Voice, directed by Robert Woodruff and conducted by Alan Johnson.

Eric Darmon’s camera, with its poetic shots and original framings, takes us for a musical journey into seven months of the life of the composer who, rising from the underground scene of the seventies, brought on a revolution in modern theater.

DVD extras : ANOTHER LOOK bonus features including
* Interview of Philippe Glass
* Philip Glass on The Sound of a Voice
* Excerpts from The Sound of a Voice
* Interview of Bob Wilson
* Philip Glass plays Etude No. 2

Total running time: 103 minutes
Picture format: NTSC 16 :9
Sound: PCM stereo
Region: All zones
Languages: English – Français – Deutsch – Español - Japanese

DISC 4 - OLIVIER MESSIAEN

The Crystal Liturgy
A film by Olivier Mille

Comprehensive 12-page booklet contains authoritative essay, discography, photos and biographies in English

Bonus feature:
- Musicians and composers talk about Messiaen's work (excerpts from the film series Des canyons aux étoiles, the World of Olivier Messiaen, directed by Olivier Mille)

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: Dolby Digital Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: French, English, German
Running time: 107 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

DISC 5 - ARVO PART

24 Preludes for a Fugue is the first authorized documentary about prominent composer Arvo Pärt to be released on DVD. A portrait made of precious moments recorded during three prolific years of the composer’s life, the film features rehearsals, premieres, seminars, meetings and recollections. Director Dorian Supin succeeds in revealing Arvo Pärt’s musical thinking. His work opens a door on the inner world of one of the most spiritually intense composers of our time.

The film is enhanced by excerpts from major musical works such as "Tabula Rasa", "Passio", "Fratres", "Orient & Occident", "Cecilia, vergine romana" and "Como cierva sedienta".

Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM stereo
Running Time: 178 minutes
Region code: All zones
TV system: NTSC
Languages: English – Français – Deutsch – Español - Japanese?- Suomi?– ????????– Eesti

DVD extras: 3 short films by Dorian Supin with Arvo Pärt:

* Cecilia (27 min.), a rare document on composition and performance, shows Arvo Pärt and Conductor Myung-Whun Chung in rehearsal.
* Your Name (28 min.) documents the rehearsals and premiere of Arvo Pärt’s work “Which was the son of…” performed by the Voices of Europe youth choir in Iceland.
* Como Cierva Sedienta (36 min.) presents a recital by singer Patricia Rozario.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Eclat for 15 Instruments by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Ed Spanjaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nieuw Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965 
2.
Sur Incises by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996/1998 
3.
Work(s) by Elliott Carter
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Etudes (10) for Piano: Etude no 2 by Philip Glass
Performer:  Philip Glass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Sound of a Voice: Excerpt(s) by Philip Glass
Conductor:  Alan Johnson
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
Work(s) by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Patricia Rozario (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voices of Europe
Period: 20th Century 

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