Boulez is honoured as Cleveland’s longest serving maestro

Although he’s too frail to attend or to conduct, Pierre Boulez will be honoured this Thursday for conducting the Cleveland Orchestra for over half a century. Details here.

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  • Thanks for posting. Anybody know if Boulez is composing at the moment ? Hopefully his infirmities aren’t getting in the way too much .

  • Bravo! Congratulations Pierre Boulez — some exemplary leader… let’s hear vignettes

    from those who have known him through the years– such inspiration to all lovers of the arts.

  • When Szell brought Boulez to Cleveland in 1965, they seemed like the odd couple of classical music, but having heard the Cleveland Orchestra under Boulez twice in the two years after Szell died, I found their approach to the late19th-early 20-century symphonic literature was remarkably similar, especially in Debussy and Stravinsky. If you can find it, you should listen to the interview with Boulez about his relationship with Szell and their Asian tour together in 1970 just before Szell died. It’s included on the Szell Centenary CD set released by the Cleveland Orchestra in 1996. Maybe Norman could upload that here.

    • I agree about that Boulez interview included with the Szell Centenary CD set! I was thinking of the same when I saw the title of this post.

      It is fascinating to hear Boulez talk about his experience with Szell and the orchestra. He talks at length about the orchestra’s tour of Japan just months before Szell’s death.

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