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Great recording

Another fine recording to add to the extensive list of top-notch Stravinsky recordings by Boulez. This interpretation of the 4 Etudes is much more energetic and exciting, IMHO, than the previous recording Boulez performed with Chicago on Deutsche Grammophon, which I also own. There is an older recording of Pulcinella that he conducted on the Sony Classical label with the New York Philharmonic: a fairly lackluster performance, probably due to the well-known tension between Boulez and the NY Phil musicians (read more about this online). This Chicago recording is vastly superior and more interesting, as: 1) Boulez has a very good rapport with the Chicago musicians, and 2) he has seemed to "open up" a little more to Stravinsky's neoclassical period works as he gets older (he aggressively protested in the past that Stravinsky's neoclassical output was a "waste of time.") It is great to hear these works with the Boulezian clarity and precision that many, including myself, are quite fond of. I'm still hoping that he will record the Symphony in C (this was excluded from his recording of the other Stravinsky symphonies on Deutsche Grammophon). I would love to hear his take on the work.

Chicago in it's glory

Boulez conducting Chicago Sym in Stravinsky works don't get any better than this. The recording sounds as fresh as if it were a brand new release. Bravo iTunes for making this release availiable.


@ProMusica - just FYI, this *is* a brand-new release, and was taped last March.


Born: March 26, 1925 in Montbrison, France

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After initially studying mathematics, Boulez entered the Paris Conservatoire as a student in theory and harmony (he failed the pianists' entrance examination). His principal teacher was Messiaen, and he also studied counterpoint privately with Andrée Vaurabourg. According to Boulez, composition was a form of aesthetic research and should be pursued logically. He viewed personal stylistic development as having no importance and deemed atonality as necessary. He adopted 12-tone serialism after being...
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CSO Resound - Stravinsky: Pulcinella - Symphony In 3 Movements - 4 Etudes, Pierre Boulez
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Feb 16, 2010

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