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Boulez Ensemble & François-Xavier Roth

30 November 2017, 7:30 pm

Pierre Boulez’s Répons for large chamber orchestra, six percussion soloists, and live electronics was conceived at IRCAM in Paris and premiered in 1981 in Donaueschingen. The composer had hoped to hear it performed in the new flexible concert hall in Berlin that bears his name, the Pierre Boulez Saal. Almost two years after his death, conductor François-Xavier Roth and the Boulez Ensemble now fulfill that wish presenting this modern masterpiece, which is based on the spatial dramaturgy of “responses” between instrument groups.

Boulez
Répons for six Soloists, Ensemble and Live Electronics


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Boulez Ensemble & François-Xavier Roth

1 December 2017, 7:30 pm

Pierre Boulez’s Répons for large chamber orchestra, six percussion soloists, and live electronics was conceived at IRCAM in Paris and premiered in 1981 in Donaueschingen. The composer had hoped to hear it performed in the new flexible concert hall in Berlin that bears his name, the Pierre Boulez Saal. Almost two years after his death, conductor François-Xavier Roth and the Boulez Ensemble now fulfill that wish presenting this modern masterpiece, which is based on the spatial dramaturgy of “responses” between instrument groups.

Boulez
Répons for six Soloists, Ensemble and Live Electronics


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Boulez Ensemble, Barenboim & Pahud

26 January 2018, 7:30 pm

A new work by Italian composer Luca Francesconi (b. 1956) is at the center of the program performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble. A native of Milan and a former student of Stockhausen and Berio, Francesconi is known both for his concert works and his innovative compositions for the theater. The program also includes Pierre Boulez’s Dérive 1 and two of Bach’s flute sonatas, performed by Emmanuel Pahud.

Bach
Sonate Es-Dur BWV 1031 für Flöte und Cembalo
Francesconi
New Work for Flute and Ensemble – World Premiere, commissioned by the Daniel Barenboim Foundation
Bach
Sonate E-Dur BWV 1035 für Flöte und Basso continuo
Bach
Sonate e-moll BWV 1034 für Flöte und Basso continuo
Boulez
Dérive 1
Bach
Sonate h-moll BWV 1030 für Flöte und Cembalo


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Boulez Ensemble & Zubin Mehta

4 March 2018, 11:00 am

Arnold Schoenberg’s 1912 masterpiece Pierrot lunaire is a defining landmark of modernism. Legendary conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Boulez Ensemble, with Daniel Barenboim at the piano and soprano Anna Prohaska as the vocal soloist. The program also includes Hanns Eisler’s Vierzehn Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben—based on a 1929 film score and written for the same instruments as Schoenberg’s work, minus the voice—and Franz Schubert’s variations on a song from his own cycle Die schöne Müllerin.

Schubert
Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen in E Minor D 802 for Flute and Piano
Eisler
Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain Op. 70
Schönberg
Pierrot lunaire Op. 21


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Boulez Ensemble & Sir Antonio Pappano

24 June 2018, 4:00 pm

Two 20th-century masterworks of English music are at the center of this program by the Boulez Ensemble: Elgar’s late Piano Quintet shares the bill with Britten’s Sinfonietta, written by the precocious 18-year-old composer and published as his Opus 1. Sir Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, will be at the piano and conduct.

Britten
Sinfonietta Op. 1
Elgar
Piano Quintet in A Minor Op. 84


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Boulez Ensemble & Daniel Barenboim

3 July 2018, 7:30 pm

For the season finale, the Boulez Ensemble and Daniel Barenboim premiere a new work by German composer Aribert Reimann. The evening is bookended by Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello and Beethoven’s E-flat major Piano Trio, with Barenboim at the keyboard.

Ravel
Sonate C-Dur für Violine und Violoncello
Reimann
New Work – World Premiere, commissioned by the Daniel Barenboim Foundation
Beethoven
Klaviertrio Es-Dur op. 70/2