C1495. PIERRE BOULEZ Cond. Cleveland S.O.: DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ (Ravel); w.Margaret Hauptmann, Grace Reginald, Richard Miller & Roger Havranek: Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), Live Performance, 2 April, 1970, Severence Hall; Water Music - Suite #1 (Handel), Live Performance, 24 Nov., 1967, Severence Hall. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-398. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Indeed, Boulez is the most acclaimed and influential ‘serious’ composer of our time, venturing way beyond exploring extensions of conventional tonality into serial, aleatory and electronic idioms. While his Berlioz, Mahler and Bruckner often seem cold and calculated (presumably out of a fellow-composer's extreme respect for the sufficiency of the scores), his Debussy and Ravel run the full gamut of emotion, with extreme tempos both urgent and patient. More than any other distinctive feature, Boulez brings out the full splendor of Ravel's variegated orchestration, with constant focus on the ever-shifting and evolving instrumental textures, while maintaining a clear, ‘modern’ sound - analytical without being clinical.”
- Peter Gutmann