Just recently got Sur Incises
and the Boulezathon is on. Along with Repons
, which I've had for (wow!) 12 years, I finally get to fill out the picture a bit. After this, I'm thinking Derive 2
might be too much of a good thing (or, just enough!).Sur Incises
is one of those pieces I've built up in my mind to be one thing, and,... hold it,...this piece, right at the end, begins to sound like I envisioned,... the Living Escalator. After a couple of goes I'm hooked to this Avant Sale at Macy's, all hectic Modern Life, yet very serene. My only complaint is that I'm either not hearing the three harps all that well (I do hear the extremely high plucks, and some low), or Boulez's harp writing is extrememly strategic. Someone please help.Messagesquisse
has never been a piece I could pay attention to, but, all of a sudden I'm listening to this great reading, with beautiful solo cello. Of course, now I see why all the cellos. Just like there is multiplicity in all these pieces.
The piece I really couldn't wait to hear was Anthemes 2
. I'd heard some citicisms, but I have no complaints. I like the "presentation" of the piece, and I wonder how much engineer Andrew Gerzso credit shares, in general (much like Andre Richard?). The electronic manipulations emphasize a lot of fun, such as the groovey pizz that keep perculating, and the real violin that keeps flitting about. I haven't yet been able to "see" the interactions between "performers", but there does seem to be a yeoman's job by Gerzso at the controls. I guess Boulez is no Stockhausen (please, I'm not even going there
). I know this piece probably isn't the last word in electronic violin (anyone?), but I enjoy it as entertainment. How to aurally compare to Nono??hmmm...
Moving right along. ...explosant-fixe...
is the piece everyone seems to be pointing to, along with the other two big pieces, as his Magnum Opus. I find all three pieces complement each other. The flute concerto for excitement, Repons
as the Boulez "symphony", and Sur Incises
as the blonde with all the curves!
The other finds for me were the Notations
. The former, Boulez's "Op.1", made me smile with an "I coulda done that" that could have only come from living through so much unconscious Boulez influence in my general Modern Life. I can't tell you what a revelation this was, much more than hearing the Klavierstucke
of KS. And then, the Structures
seem to take a quantum leap in complexity. Add to these pieces the Sonatine
for fl/pn, and the Sonata No.1
for piano, and you're literally bathing in diamond like, crystalline textures. The early stuff I can follow, and then it starts getting interesting.
I also have the Erato (Apex) disc of chamber music, the Livre pour Quatuor
, and the Sony Rituel
, along with the odd DG piece. I used to have IdilB in the Piano Sonatas
, but...My question [/b
] concerns Piano Sonatas 2-3
. I'm thinking Pollini for No.2, just because of the program, but I don't know if there's an extra special 3, or not. Any recommends on these two?
PS- I'm actually thinking about getting all Boulez, Martre
being next. I may favor the early records.