Boulez Ritual

Variations on the Canon: Essays on Music from Bach to Boulez in Honor of Charles Rosen on his Eightieth Birthday

Variations on the Canon: Essays on Music from Bach to Boulez (in Honor of Charles Rosen on his Eightieth Birthday) (Eastman Studies in Music) by Robert Curry, David Gable, Robert L. Marshall
2008 | ISBN: 1580462855 | English | 395 pages | PDF | 5 MB
Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg, Berio, Carter, Kurtag, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough (1995) 5CD Box Set

Pierre Boulez conducts Arnold Schoenberg, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, György Kurtág
Iannis Xenakis, Harrison Birtwistle, Gérard Grisey, Hugues Dufourt, Brian Ferneyhough
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre National de France; Ensemble InterContemporain
New Swingle Singers, Heinz Holliger, Régis Pasquier, André Trouttet, Sophie Cherrier
Choeur John Alldis, Adrienne Csengery, Marta Fabian, Istvan Matuz

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.03 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 681 Mb | Scans ~ 78 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-98496-2 | Time: 04:57:24

Collecting five CDs for about the price of three, this set of Boulez recordings is without parallel among the conductor's new-music releases. Imagine getting Boulez's celebrated single CD of Luciano Berio's Sinfonia and Eindrücke and his equally impressive single CD of Arnold Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande and Variations for Orchestra, bundled with four pivotal Elliott Carter works, Sir Harrison Birtwistle's electrifying …AGM…, Gérard Grisey's Modulations, Iannis Xenakis's Jalons, Hugues Dufourt's Antiphysis, and Brian Ferneyhough's Funerailles, and you have an idea how far this set stretches.
Mitsuko Uchida, Christian Tetzlaff, Ensemble InterContemporain, Pierre Boulez - MOZART 13 BERG (2008)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade In B Flat, K.361 "Gran partita"
Alban Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin With 13 Wind Instruments
Mitsuko Uchida (Piano), Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Ensemble InterContemporain; Pierre Boulez, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 318 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 216 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 0316 DH | Time: 01:20:15

The greatest of Mozart's wind serenades and the toughest of Alban Berg's major works might seem an unlikely pairing, but in an interview included with the sleeve notes for this release, Pierre Boulez points up their similarities. Both works are scored for an ensemble of 13 wind instruments (with solo violin and piano as well in the Berg) and both include large-scale variations as one of their movements - and Boulez makes the comparisons plausible enough in these lucid performances. It's rare to hear him conducting Mozart, too, and if the performance is a little brisker and more strait-laced than ideal, the EIC's phrasing is a model of clarity and good taste. It's the performance of the Berg, though, that makes this such an important issue; both soloists, Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Tetzlaff, are perfectly attuned to Boulez's approach - they have given a number of performances of the Chamber Concerto before - and the combination of accuracy and textural clarity with the highly wrought expressiveness that is the essence of Berg's music is perfectly caught.
Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 812 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 477 8730 | Time: 05:54:22

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.
Pierre Boulez - Schoenberg: Serenade, 5 Pieces for Orchestra, Ode to Napoleon (1993)

Pierre Boulez - Schoenberg: Serenade, 5 Pieces for Orchestra, Ode to Napoleon (1993)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:05:22 | 321 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Music | Catalog: SMK 48463

The three works presented here reveal distinctly different phases of Arnold Schoenberg's development, each a critical point of departure. In the Pieces (5) for Orchestra (1909), Schoenberg's atonal language appears full-blown and marks a clear break with tonality. For the first time, Schoenberg places content over form and dispenses with any pretenses toward classical objectivity or balance.
Cleveland Orchestra & Pierre Boulez - Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra (2017)

Cleveland Orchestra & Pierre Boulez - Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
Classical, Orchestral | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 08:22:55 | 1.12 GB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 63 | Rls.date: 2017

This new budget series celebrates some of the greatest partnerships between conductors and orchestras.
Michael Barenboim, Daniel Barenboim & Pierre Boulez - Schoenberg: Violin & Piano Concerti (2015) [Official Digital Download]

Michael Barenboim, Daniel Barenboim & Pierre Boulez - Schoenberg: Violin & Piano Concerti (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 57:28 minutes | 589 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Dating from 2005 and 2012, these are the Vienna Philharmonic’s first recordings of two of Schoenberg’s works: the Piano Concerto with soloist Daniel Barenboim under Pierre Boulez and the extremely challenging Violin Concerto starring father and son: Michael Barenboim as soloist under the direction of his father Daniel. Even today the virtuosity of the Violin Concerto instils a sense of awe in many violinists; for a time Jascha Heifetz regarded the work as unplayable.
Daniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - Hommage a Boulez (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Daniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - Hommage a Boulez (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 142:08 minutes | 1.39 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Hommage à Boulez celebrates Daniel Barenboim’s and Pierre Boulez’ association, starting in June 1964, that for length and multifariousness, has few parallels in the history of music.
Daniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - Hommage a Boulez (2017)

Daniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - Hommage a Boulez
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 142:08 min | 326 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 37 | Rls.date: 2017

Hommage à Boulez celebrates Daniel Barenboim’s and Pierre Boulez’ association, starting in June 1964, that for length and multifariousness, has few parallels in the history of music. Boulez became the first musician that Barenboim invited to share in conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (in 2007, at the Salzburg Festival). Features a selection of Boulez’ most iconic works out of live recordings from the BBC Proms Beethoven-Boulez cycle of concerts (London, Royal Albert Hall, July 2012), and Boulez’s 85th birthday concert (Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 4 April 2010), all performed by members of the West Eastern Divan orchestra. Boulez conducts members of the WEDO and Hilary Summers in his own work Le Marteau sans maître.
Webern - Boulez - Complete Webern (2000, Deutsche Grammophon # 457 637-2) [6x CD BOX] (RE-UP)

Anton Webern (1883-1945) - Complete Works
Pierre Boulez - Berliner Philharmoniker
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 1,16 GB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Deutsche Grammophon # 457 637-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2000
Genre: Classical | Style: Modern

…Whatever reservations one might harbor about this or that individual performance, it is unlikely that this set as a whole will be surpassed in the near future. It belongs in every serious music library, private or public.