A Personal Tribute to Pierre Boulez

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Pierre Boulez died around 10:30 a.m. this morning (January 6, 2016) at the age of 90 years. There are many ways in which Pierre Boulez influenced and shaped art music in the twentieth century and beyond. As an innovative and even rebellious composer and conductor, he forced us all to look at music in a new way. One of my favorite achievements of his was the recording he made of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the Cleveland Orchestra. Though in some ways a performance only possible in recorded version, it was and is nonetheless an ear-opening look at a great masterwork. The recording is full of Boulezisms of interpretation that make it fun and exciting, and is also a marvelous sonic achievement. Each instrument section had its own mic, and then this colossal multi-track recording was mixed into a model of clarity and transparency. I offer it here, and hope you enjoy it as much as I have and still do.

 

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2 thoughts on “A Personal Tribute to Pierre Boulez

  1. What a sad day, I have this recording in my collection, and have been to several performance with him on the podium, both conducting his own work, and the work of others, including Stravinsky’s the right of spring. He had a very unusual way of conducting, which opened up the work for one, and helped one hear things, that one otherwise might miss. I think the world will miss him greatly. Thanks for the blog, I have re-blogged it and shared it, so that as many as possible can share this wonderful recording. Thanks best wishes and blessings, Charles.

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