Pierre Boulez

Boulez Conducts Stravinsky

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The years have seen Pierre Boulez record for CBS, Erato, EMI, and Philips, among other labels, but his most consistent and critically praised work has appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, where he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and his own Ensemble InterContemporain in many successful performances. These ensembles are heard on this trimline, six-CD box set of Igor Stravinsky's major works, which brings together Boulez's recordings of L'oiseau de feu, Petrushka, Le Sacre du printemps, L'histoire du Soldat, the symphonies, concertos, and other works, recorded between 1980 and 1996. As one of the leading champions of modernism, first as a composer and essayist, then as a prominent conductor, Boulez is regarded as an authority on Stravinsky's oeuvre, and it is difficult to imagine many conductors who have a better understanding of the technical and stylistic issues that affect performances. Boulez is also famous for his precision and meticulousness, which make the details stand out clearly in the rhythmically complex and texturally dense orchestral scores of the ballets, and yet seem so delicate and exact in the concertos and pieces for smaller ensembles. That Boulez has inspired a devoted international following is beyond question, so this collection of some of his finest recordings will appeal to his admirers and the wider circle of Stravinsky fans.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
L'Oiseau de feu
1 2:32
2 1:46
3 2:25
4 1:21
5 0:52
6 8:14
7 2:24
8 1:37
9 3:43
10 1:31
11 5:41
12 0:44
13 4:42
14 5:16
15 3:23
16 4:01
Quatre Études pour orchestre
17 0:58
18 2:10
19 3:37
20 2:47

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:59
Deux Poèmes de Paul Verlaine
2 3:27
3 1:34
Two Poems of Konstantin Bal'mont
4 1:16
5 1:40
Trois Poésies de la lyrique japonaise
6 0:48
7 1:00
8 1:35
Three Little Songs "Recollections of my Childhood"
9 1:02
10 1:03
11 1:05
Pribaoutki
12 0:51
13 0:25
14 0:47
15 2:21
Berceuses du chat
16 0:40
17 1:00
18 1:18
19 0:52
Four Songs
20 1:14
21 2:05
22 0:32
23 1:14
24 1:15
Mavra
25 2:13
Three Songs from William Shakespeare
26 2:52
27 1:58
28 2:23
29 7:53
30 1:49
Two Sacred Songs from the Spanisches Liederbuch by Hugo Wolf
31 2:33
32 5:04
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