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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set
Debussy, Ravel, Boulez, Berg, Ives, Messiaen, Ligeti, Carter, Beethoven, Liszt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.2 Gb | Scans included | Time: 07:03:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 66044-8

Released between 1991 and 2005, the selections in The Warner Recordings encapsulate the period when Pierre-Laurent Aimard was signed to Erato and Teldec, performing mostly 20th-century fare and some music from the 19th century. Aimard is famous for his contributions to the modernist catalog, and his performances of works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen are regarded as scrupulously executed and authoritatively interpreted. Aimard also recorded early 20th century pieces by Charles Ives, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy, as well as Romantic masterpieces of Beethoven and Liszt. A pianist's pianist, Aimard is well-rounded in his repertoire and a true master of keyboard technique, yet he has received considerably less fanfare than many of his flashier colleagues. Yet connoisseurs of piano recordings know that Aimard is indispensible, especially for his special feeling for French music, and his recordings are important documents that serious students and newcomers should appreciate.

Pierre Boulez conducts Anton Webern - Piano Quintet; Songs & Choruses; 5 Pieces; Quartet; Concerto (1995)

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Pierre Boulez conducts Anton Webern - Piano Quintet; Songs & Choruses; 5 Pieces; Quartet; Concerto (1995)

Anton Webern: Piano Quintet; Songs & Choruses; 5 Pieces; Quartet; Concerto (1995)
Pierre Boulez, conductor; Ensemble Intercontemporain; BBC Singers
Françoise Pollet, soprano; Christiane Oelze, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 78 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 437 786-2 | Time: 01:09:25

It is almost exactly a quarter of a century since Pierre Boulez recorded his complete Webern survey. This new collection, apart from being useful for anyone who doesn't want to buy three whole CDs of Webern, offers an interesting insight into how Boulez's way with a composer probably more central to him than any other has changed. For a start he gives him a little more time: most of the pieces here are slightly but significantly slower than they were in 1970. This allows lines to be more subtly moulded, phrases to acquire a touch more poise. This is not to say that Boulez has softened and now phrases Webern as though he were Chopin, but grace and even wit (the second movement of the Quartet) are now noticeable alongside his customary precision. The Ensemble InterContemporain have been playing these pieces constantly since they were first founded, and it shows in the absolute assurance of their performances.

Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set

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Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set

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

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.

Mitsuko Uchida, Christian Tetzlaff, Ensemble InterContemporain, Pierre Boulez - MOZART 13 BERG (2008)

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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) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 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-Laurent Aimard, Pierre Boulez - Ravel: Piano Concertos (2010)

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Pierre Boulez - Ravel: Piano Concertos (2010)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Pierre Boulez - Ravel: Piano Concertos (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:49 | 278 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 14764

Two musicians frequently recognized for their passion for hard-edged modern and contemporary music take on the music of modern pioneer Maurice Ravel. The Ravel piano concertos come off as brilliant and sparkling in the hands of Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Pierre Boulez, along with the Cleveland Orchestra. Boulez and the orchestra make Ravel's orchestral writing sparkle in the Concerto for Left Hand, and in the Concerto in G they highlight not only the sassy jazz references, but also the references to Stravinsky, and do it without drawing attention away from the rest of the music.

Pierre Boulez conducts Maurice Ravel & Albert Roussel (2009) 4CD Box Set

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Pierre Boulez conducts Maurice Ravel & Albert Roussel (2009) 4CD Box Set

Pierre Boulez conducts Maurice Ravel & Albert Roussel (2009) 4CD Box Set
BBC Symphony Orchestra; The Cleveland Orchestra; Ensemble Intercontemporain
New York Philharmonic; Philippe Entremont (piano); Harold Gomberg (oboe)
Jessye Norman (soprano); Jill Gomez (soprano); José van Dam (baritone)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Scans included | Time: 04:48:51
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697562292

A milestone of music making, this 4 CD boxed set collects Maurice Ravel’s lush orchestral oeuvre in a collection of defining performances conducted by Pierre Boulez. A vivid testament to the ineffable incalculable role a conductor fills in any interpretation, ‘Pierre Boulez Conducts Ravel’ includes many of Ravel’s best known compositions along with the valuable addition of less recorded and long out of print gems such as Jessye Norman’s luminous Chansons Madécasses with members of Ensemble InterContemporaín and the Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand, played thrillingly here by Phillipe Entremont with an inspired lights out Cleveland Orchestra. Boulez’s prowess with the music of Ravel takes many forms, robust, muscular, capable of great tenderness, inquisitive, insouciant, and this collection of almost 5 hours of music allows one to immerse completely within the rich motherlode of genius that was Maurice Ravel. Includes informative 28-page booklet.

Ensemble Intercontemporain, Boulez, Tabachnik - Iannis Xenakis: Phlegra; Jalons; Keren; Nomos; Alpha; Thallein (1992)

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Ensemble Intercontemporain, Boulez, Tabachnik - Iannis Xenakis: Phlegra; Jalons; Keren; Nomos; Alpha; Thallein (1992)

Iannis Xenakis: Phlegra; Jalons; Keren; Nomos; Alpha; Thalleïn (1992)
Ensemble Intercontemporain; Pierre Boulez, conductor; Michel Tabachnik, conductor
Pierre Strauch, cello; Benny Sluchin, trombone

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Avantgarde | Label: Erato | # 2292-45770-2 | Time: 01:04:51

Xenakis was one of the major figures of 20th-century music, composing some 150 works for orchestra, instruments, voices, stage, and electronics.

Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg, Berio, Carter, Kurtag, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough (1995) 5CD Box Set

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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 (1995)
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 | Scans ~ 78 Mb | Time: 04:57:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-98496-2

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.

Pierre Boulez - The Complete Erato Recordings [14CDs] (2015)

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Pierre Boulez - The Complete Erato Recordings [14CDs] (2015)

Pierre Boulez - The Complete Erato Recordings [14CDs] (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3,25 Gb | Total time: 14:40:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0825646190485 | Recorded: 1966-1991

Exploring 20th-century repertoire – both acknowledged masterpieces and new discoveries – this 14-CD anthology reflects the diverse aesthetic strands of Pierre Boulez’s programming over the course of his ground-breaking and influential career. These Erato recordings, made between 1966 and 1992, feature composers otherwise absent from Boulez’s discography – Xenakis, Donatoni, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough, Harvey and Höller – and the first CD release of the interpretation of Stravinsky’s incantatory Les Soucoupes in the version for female voices and four horns.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez - Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de feu; Feu d'artifice; 4 Etudes (2023)

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez - Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de feu; Feu d'artifice; 4 Etudes (2023)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez - Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de feu; Feu d'artifice; 4 Etudes (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 223 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 MB
59:31 | Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Stravinsky did three orchestral versions of his famous ballet, The Firebird (1910). The two that are mostly played today are a shorter version arranged in 1945, which is about 30 minutes long, and the original ballet suite, which is more than 45 minutes long. This is that version. The extended repeats and transitional material, in the right hands, give the whole work a decidedly spectral character. This, Boulez does expertly. (And the CSO has never sounded so…light on its feet.) Also here is the early Fireworks, where you can almost hear The Firebird approaching. The Four Etudes for Orchestra finish the disc like a snifter of brandy. –Paul Cook

Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos (2011)

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Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos (2011)

Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos (2011)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:94 | 212 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 477 9521

On its face, this CD is a real curiosity because Daniel Barenboim offers his first-ever recordings of Franz Liszt's two piano concertos, and Pierre Boulez leads the Berlin Staatskapelle in performances that would have been unimaginable when these artists were younger. Barenboim, a subtle intellectual at the keyboard, is one of the last pianists one would envision playing the flashy, virtuosic parts of these works, while Boulez, once the supposed enemy of all things Romantic, seems to have yielded at last to the attractions of Liszt's vision and conceded that these grandiose warhorses contain music of considerable merit.

Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Götterdämmerung (2005/1980)

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Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Götterdämmerung (2005/1980)

Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Götterdämmerung (2005/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.42 Gb+7.86 Gb (2xDVD9) | 248 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

In 1976 French director Patrice Chéreau's cenentenary staging of Wagner's "Ring"-Cycle unleashed the greatest scandal in Bayreuth Festival history but, by the end of its last performance in 1980, this epoch-making production was acclaimed with an hour and a half of thunderous applause. "Götterdämmerung presents a world in which no values exist any more. The only refuge is in the past" (Chateau). "The videotaped Bayreuth Ring succeed triumphantly."

Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2005/1980)

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Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2005/1980)

Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2005/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.78 Gb+6.36 Gb (2xDVD9) | 228 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

"The central part of the "Ring" tetralogy is precisely this: a hero has been created who would actually have had all the attributes of freedom, but nobody remembered to tell him…" (Patrice Chéreau). "One can only marvel at how enthrallingly Chéreau has made visible every ramification of this malignant idyll and bitter comedy. In its faithful service to this fabulously polished staging Brian Large's video direction is a model" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Maurizio Pollini - Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7; Webern: Variationen, Op. 27; Boulez: Sonata No. 2 (1995)

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Maurizio Pollini - Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7; Webern: Variationen, Op. 27; Boulez: Sonata No. 2 (1995)

Maurizio Pollini - Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7; Webern: Variationen, Op. 27; Boulez: Sonata No. 2 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 63:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 419 202-2 | Recorded: 1971, 1976

Pollini is so much a part of the contemporary music scene that it's amazing to realize that the earliest material on this disc (Stravinsky and Prokofiev) dates to the 1940s. These two performances retain their power to startle and amaze, both through Pollini's seemingly effortless virtuosity and through the immediacy of his musical conceptions. This Prokofiev is a close rival even to Richter's. Webern, from six years later, is so colorful and well organized that it makes the difficult music almost easy to listen to. Not many listeners will put up with Boulez's obscurities, but there is still plenty to make the disc worthwhile.

Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Walküre (2005/1980)

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Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Walküre (2005/1980)

Pierre Boulez, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Walküre (2005/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.05 Gb+6.04 Gb (2xDVD9) | 215 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The second part of Patrice Chéreau's epoch-making Bayreuth "Ring" is a radical re-imaging of "Die Walküre", unprecedented in its psychological penetration. "This Wagnerian drama", says Chéreau, "which is at once classical theatre and domestic comedy, enables us to interpret the myths in terms that are both anecdotical and sublime … With Wagner one is dealing with a drama tuned virtually white-hot by the music." "Nothing ever seen before on television has given a better insight into Wagner's genius." (The New York Times)