Pierre Boulez

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Principle conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

German composer, clarinettist and conductor Jörg Widmann, principal conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most energetic people I’ve(...)

Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova and French pianist Cédric Tiberghien

Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova and French pianist Cédric Tiberghien first played together in 2005 when they were both members of BBC Radio 3’s New(...)

Colin Currie: ‘You’re either on the note or you’re off.’

“Depending on how you cut it,” Colin Currie says wittily, “percussion is one of the newest old instruments or the oldest new instrument in classical m(...)

Gerald Barry: His “treatment somehow intensifies, if that is imaginable, the topsy-turviness of Lewis Carroll’s imagination”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Musical taste is as complex and confounding as the rules of attraction. You can argue about it, but taste is one of those things that people don’t hav(...)

Conductor Cristian Macelaru: a performance full of hustle, bustle and excitement

What does a conductor do with an orchestra? Well, according to the US-based Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru, he finds a way to let the musicians (...)

 Pierre Boulez rehearsing at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Photograph: AFP/Pierre Verdy/Getty Images

The French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who has died aged 90, was a dominant figure in classical music for more than half a century. Boulez(...)

You could look at Boulez’s always baton-less hands and see suggestions of refinements that had not yet actually made it into the playing. Photograph: Christophe Ena/File/AP Photo/

The death last week of Pierre Boulez at the age of 90 marks the passing of the last great figure from the postwar European avant-garde. Boulez, along(...)

Pierre Boulez conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York in January  2010. Photograph: Richard Termine/The New York Times

Pierre Boulez, the former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic who moved between conducting, composition and teaching over a long career t(...)

Benjamin Grosvenor: redrew balances at will and shifted material into different octaves as he saw fit, not to emulate effects that are possible on a harpsichord but rather to make absolutely the best pianistic effect

A recital by the 22-year-old English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is anything but an everyday experience. Just look at the programme he offered at th(...)

In ‘The Invader’, the musical style might best be described as eclectic minimalist. Echoes of Philip Glass abound, but the musical material is much more varied

Ten years ago I interviewed Pierre Boulez in connection with the 2004 RTÉ Living Music Festival. I had to ask him about opera, given his famous 196(...)

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