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I'm disappointed that sony didn't record schoenberg's pelleas und melisande with boulez, though he did record the piece elsewhere
Anyone who has watched films of him rehearsing will vouch for this last statement, and orchestras unfailingly play well for him, as this set illustrates
I have always had a sense that in his early career he went out of his way to be the “enfant terrible” that so many critics characterised him as being, and that when tackled the romantic and classical repertoire his choice of tempo and even the colouring was designed to be provocative rather than a true reflection of his musical instincts, and the recordings he made after his return to conducting in his late 60’s bear this out to a large extent as his approach had mellowed
It is a tribute to the status of boulez the artist and to the enlightened policies of the major recording companies in the 1960s and 1970s, in this case british cbs, that they were prepared to expend the resources in producing over a period of years some 20lps of boulez in his natural musical element, recordings which were not likely to be best sellers!in this 24 bit re-mastered collection we hear boulez and the bbc so, nypo and ensemble contemporain plus an exalted collection of solo artists performing a major part of the works of arnold schoenberg