C1634. PIERRE BOULEZ Cond. Süddeutscher Madrigalchor Stuttgart, w. Heather Harper, Friedrich Melzer, Roland Hermann & Günter Attinger: ALEXANDER'S FEAST (Handel). (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-724, recorded 1971. 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