Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez: 20th Century

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Deutsche Grammophon's Pierre Boulez: 20th Century is a 44-CD limited edition comprising the celebrated conductor's complete recordings of modernist masterpieces on the label. As a composer in his own right, Boulez was a leader in the postwar avant-garde, and his performances of Le Marteau sans maître, Pli selon Pli, and his other intricate serial works are included on five of the discs here. But Boulez has been even more influential through his conducting, which brought modernism into clear focus for many listeners, and in many cases, he set new standards for excellence with such world-class orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Boulez's intense work with the music of Olivier Messiaen, Anton Webern, and Igor Stravinsky played an essential part in his development as an artist, but he also felt a strong affinity for the pioneering music of Béla Bartók, Arnold Schoenberg, Edgard Varèse, Alban Berg, Harrison Birtwistle, and György Ligeti, and even included essential works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Karol Szymanowski in his repertoire. Boulez has worked with many of the finest artists on DG, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Gerald Finley, Jessye Norman, Teresa Stratas, Gil Shaham, Mitsuko Uchida, and many more who represent the high artistry associated with this label. The package housing the discs is a cube-shaped flip-top box, and the cardboard sleeves feature portraits of the composers for easy identification.

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Lulu
1 4:30
2 5:09
3 9:05
4 3:34
5 4:26
6 7:02
7 5:02
8 3:54
9 3:06
10 3:52
11 4:29
12 7:13

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Lulu
1 5:26
2 5:40
3 6:14
4 3:45
5 6:12
6 2:48
7 5:41
8 5:34
9 7:25
10 4:57

Track Listing - Disc 12

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Lulu
1 9:19
2 2:05
3 3:11
4 3:33
5 2:41
6 2:30
7 2:44
8 2:51
9 4:39
10 6:07
11 4:16
12 2:41
13 5:17
14 3:56

Track Listing - Disc 23

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra