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Sur Incises/Messagesquisse/Ant

Pierre Boulez Audio CD
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1. Sur Inceses: Moment I
2. Sur Inceses: Moment II
3. Messagesquisse: Tres lent
4. Messagesquisse: Tres rapide
5. Messagesquisse: Sans tempo, libre
6. Messagesquisse: Aussi rapide que possible
7. Anthemes 2: Libre
8. Anthemes 2: I. Tres lent, avec beaucoup de flexiblite - Libre
9. Anthemes 2: II. Rapide, dynamique, tres rythmique, rigide - Libre
10. Anthemes 2: III. Lent, regulier - Nerveux, irregulier - Libre
11. Anthemes 2: IV. Agite, instable - Libre
12. Anthemes 2: V. Tres lent, avec beaucoup de flexibilite - Subitement nerveux et extremement irregulier - Libre
13. Anthemes 2: VI. 1. Allant, assez serre dans le tempo
14. Anthemes 2: VI. 2. Calme, regulier - Agite - Brusque
15. Anthemes 2: VI. 3. Calme, sans trainer, d'un mouvement tres regulier - Libre

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To see the future of classical music, just look to the projects of Pierre Boulez. Whether conducting Bruckner, Mahler, or one of his own compositions, he continues to surprise, embellish, and reinvent the shape of music today. Sur Incises gathers three Boulez works that each focus, at least in part, on a singular instrument. The world-premiere title track uses three pianos, three harps, and three percussionists to create a dense, atonal, but very pianistic universe of sound. On repeated listenings, the abstract piece becomes more rewarding; you eventually pick up on Boulez's keen eye for tonal colors and shadings. On Anthemes 2, the piercing sounds of Hai-Sun Kang's violin are sampled, manipulated, and relayed back to her via electronics. Here, you won't find the lush Impressionism that Boulez hints at with Sur Incises, but you will find a fascinating interplay between organic and synthetic sounds. Messagesquisse for six cellos achieves similar results; the solo cello of Jean-Guihen Queyras is echoed and hinted at by five other cellists. As on their acclaimed recording of the composer's Répons, the Ensemble InterContemporain sets a high standard for these works, and DG does an excellent job with the recorded sound. These pieces may lack some of the musical magic of Repons, but they're no less fascinating. --Jason Verlinde

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5.0 out of 5 stars from the ominous opening notes of sur incises Aug. 29 2002
By 24fps
Format:Audio CD
i sensed something ethereal was about to occur.what has always fascinated me about boulez's work is his combination of instruments.sur incises is scored for 3 pianos,3 harps,2 vibes & marimba,the timbral quality of this piece alone is ingenious.the score is divided into 2 parts moment 1 and moment 2.moment 1 is more spacious,allowing singular notes to shine through dense controlled clusters of sound.moment 2 is a wave of intensity travelling at high speed destroying everything in its path.
this highly modern piece is a fine example of sound architecture
expressing a progressive way of life that men like le courbosier,mallarme,klee,and einstein resonated in their works.what else are we too listen to in a fast paced technologicaly advanced world surrounded by buildings like la defense and frank gehry's guggenheim in spain?.this is the music of our day,and boulez shall be crowned the musical icon of modernists thinkers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beyond comparison June 22 2002
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I am willing to wager that when all the books are written on music in the late twentieth-early twenty-fisrt century, that the name of Pierre Boulez will rise far higher than his more famous (at the time being) contemporaries.
Boulez is an interpreter extrordinaire. His Debussy, Schoenberg, Messiaen, and Webern are among the best. And though many are apparently too deaf to hear it, his Mahler is a thing of greatness (just listen to the sixth).
As a composer Boulez is perhaps even more formidable. Repons, though influenced by Webern and Messiaen takes music to a whole new level.
The variety of Boulez' work is vast. Pli Selon Pli is the best piece of vocal writing since Mahler walked the earth. Eclat/Multiples ranks with the best works of Ravel and Debussy.
Yet Sur Incises is Boulez crowning achievement (so far). I cannot begin to fathom the kind of driving genius it takes to mould pieces like those included here. This is music like it was meant to be.
I give no comparison here...only recommendation. Get this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone. April 22 2002
By B. Gone
Format:Audio CD
While the other reviews, especially the one by ginz1, go a long way in describing this cd, I would like to make some additional comments on "Sur Incises".
Having followed Boulez from earlier works like the second piano sonata (get Pollini), through Structures (get the Kontarskys) and a live rendition of Incises, it was about time to see what new direction he had given to his highly developed stream of musical conscience. While "the virus" of serialism has fully integrated in Boulez' musical DNA, Sur Incises may be one of the composer's most liberated and liberating compositions.
Music as expression of ordered sound exists in time and space. Whereas the preceding DG recording of Boulez' Repons went to great length in describing the position of both performers and loudspeakers on the "playing field", space is also an integral part of Sur Incises. Together with the universe of sonorities that the inclusions of harps and an array of percussion instruments allowed Boulez to expand upon the original, the arrangement of the in total nine players- 3 each for piano, harp and percussion- in space, really adds an extra dimension that takes this concept far beyond early protagonists like Stockhausen.
While the intellectual content of Sur Incises does justify ginz1's description of "etude", to me the impact of this two-part work is truly symphonic. This work takes Webern's ideas on variation and "Klangfarben" (=timbres) and integrates them with themes and elements that trace back through Nono and Messiaen to Debussy. The result is a true feast for the senses and keeps you glued to the speakers for all of it's 37 minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts that arrive on doves feet rule the world March 29 2002
By Sator
Format:Audio CD
"Thoughts that arrive on doves feet rule the world"
So wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, and it is these words that come to mind when I listen to this work that culitvates ultra-refined chamber music texture to the nth degree of as "Sur Incise". As with J.S. Bach, Boulez's utterances at times seem lost on his contemporaries. So what a pleasure it is to be there in Boulez's time and to be able to be one of the few who listen to this voice in awe and with total understanding. Never have I been so utterly fascinated by any work by Boulez since discovering his "Pli Selon Pli". Every note of "Sur Encise" seems to be a poem in itself, understated yet infinitely evocative and complete in itself. This is a work whose hushed profundity seems to have been whispered almost unnoticed to a busy jet setting age, yet is all the more powerful in its impact for all that. Indeed this is truly a work for our age as no other, and which will perhaps one day be recognized as Boulez's greatest work. I have no higher praise.
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