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      Pierre Boulez’s Notations

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      In his Notations, Pierre Boulez composed twelve short piano miniatures that contain a cosmos of sound and potentiality. After decades at the helm of the avant-garde, Boulez has set to work unlocking those inner possibilities through thoughtful orchestration and elaboration.

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      Olivier Messaien:Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus, Mvt. II
      Peter Serkin, Piano
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      Anton Von Webern: Variations for Piano, Op. 27, Mvt. III
      Peter Serkin, Piano
      About Anton Webern
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      Pierre Boulez: Twelve Notations for Piano
      Fantasque: Modere
      Tres vif
      Assez Lent
      Rhythmique
      Doux et Improvise
      Rapide
      Hieratique
      Modere jusqu a tres vif
      Lointain. Calme
      Mecanique et tres sec
      Scintillant
      Lent. Puissant et apre

      Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano; click here to purchase

      Luigi Nono: Il Canto Sospeso
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      Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstücke, Mvt. III,
      Herbert Henk, Piano
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      Boulez: Notations for Orchestra, I-IV
      Vienna Philharmonic; Claudio Abbado, conductor
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      Boulez: Notations for Orchestra, IV, VII
      Lyon National Orchestra; David Robertson, conductor
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      3 Responses to “Pierre Boulez’s Notations”

      1. Jim Long says:

        The music in the Boulez “Notations” program, by Boulez and others, is new and wonderful to me. Thank you!

      2. Casey says:

        When I come home from work every Saturday evening I habitually tune into NPR when A Prarie Home Companion is just starting. Ugh! Then, I remember that Relevant tones is on and I rush to switch the dial to WFMT. Great show Seth. I’ve been wishing WFMT had a contemporary music show for a long time. Thanks!

      3. Gary Puckett says:

        The program on Pierre Boulez’s “Notations” was great! Having heard some of these in concert (with both Boulez and Daniel Barenboim conducting), I was hoping someone would do a comparison of the original piano pieces and his later orchestrations. And then someone did! Congratulations on an outstanding program.

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