...one of the supreme achievements of 20th-century music...
-- Andrew Clements, The Guardian on Le Marteau Sans Maître...one of the supreme achievements of 20th-century music...
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Le marteau sans maîtreby Pierre Boulez Performer:
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble Musique Vivante
Written: 1953-5, rev 1957 Date of Recording: 07/1972 Venue: Paris, France
Livre pour cordesby Pierre Boulez Conductor:
New Philharmonia Strings
Period: 20th Century Written: 1968; France Date of Recording: 12/1968 Venue: EMI Studios, London
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Probably the best version of this modern classicApril 10, 2018By Stephen Barber (Carterton, Oxon)See All My Reviews"A recent BBC Building a Library feature considered all the recordings of this work, including six by Boulez himself. Out of them all, this was the one the reviewer considered the best. He also said it was only available as a download. Happily, it is still available as a physical CD. I bought it and was entranced. I haven't compared it closely with his later and final version with Hilary Summers, which I have also enjoyed, but on its own terms it is certainly a fine version and may well be the best."Report Abuse
The November 18, 2013By R. M. (Madrid, Madrid)See All My Reviews"For some unfathomable reason, this recording of Le Marteau sans Maitre had inexplicably never been released on CD. I believe it is Boulez's third; the first two are available in the album "Pierre Boulez & Le Domaine Musical, vol.1" (on the French label Accord), while recording number 4 has been widely avaiable in its CBS incarnation, and the 5th is the DG account with Hillary Summers. Yvonne Minton is very convincing in her vocal contributions, and her lush voice provides the music with a degree of expression far higher than her predecessors. The pre-Ensemble Contemporain musicians (of the Musique Vivante group) are very clear under the composer's leadership, and there is a crispness to the ensemble's sound that permits one to notice every detail of thus breathtaking score. Many thanks to ArkivMusic for making this available!"Report Abuse