In this month of January we lost many talents, another one, and one of the greatest in Music was French Composer and Conductor Pierre Boulez who recenly passed away at age 90 .
The musical legacy of Pierre Boulez is huge and It will take long to name the many wonderful contributions for music that Maestro Pierre Boulze made. As we all know, Pierre Boulez was very well known for his performances of such composers like Mahler, Debussy, Berg, Bruckner, Bartók, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern and Ravel. It is also known that Pierre Boulez Boulez also instigated the building of the complementary of Cité de la Musique, in Paris. I am sharing here one of my favorite memories of Maestro Boulez. One of my favorite moments of Pierre Boulez was his “then controversial” and now famous Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Bayreuth back in the 70s and 80s with the direction of the also now gone Opera and Film Director Patrice Chereau. I consider this Ring production as revolutionary (not only because of the story adaptation) but also in many ways, in music, in acting and of course, in conducting. For me, this “Ring Cycle” adaptation is a great triumph for Opera and for making excellent modernizations. But the audience in that time was divided, while one part of the audience applauded the “Industrial Revolution” adaptation of Wagner’s Ring, the other part of the audience booed. Now, this performance is a classic and it is now considered, by many both in musical conduction (Pierre Boulez) and also in Direction (for Patrice Chereau) as a modern masterpiece and it is at the top of the list of “most to see Opera productions”.
Here are the videos of Wagner’s Ring Cycle production at Bayreuth with Maestro Pierre Boulez conducting:
Das Rheingold (Complete)
Die Walküre, part 1
Die Walküre, Part 2
Siegfried, Part 1
Siegfried, part 2
Rest In Peace, Pierre Boulez