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Boulez at 80

Two fascinating new articles as Boulez turns 80.

The Guardian newspaper has collected thoughts on the man from many of the world's leading composers. Admist a sometimes obsequious collection, it was John Adams who came out most scathing :

"Boulez's music, for all its technical sophistication, never ventures outside a narrow bandwidth of emotion. It lacks warmth, humour, boldness and the peril of emotional risk-taking that characterises great art. Historically I believe he'll be seen as a mannerist, a niche composer, a master who worked with a very small hammer.",11710,1444840,00.html

And in the Chicago Sun-times, to celebrate the 80th birthday of Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal guest conductor Pierre Boulez, CSO music director Daniel Barenboim wrote an essay reflecting on his work and musical friendship with the maestro.


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