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Boulez: Sur Incises; Messagesquisse; Anthèms 2 - Ensemble de violoncelles; Hae Sun Kang (violin); Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello); Members of the Ensemble InterContemporain; Pierre Boulez (conductor)
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  1. Sur Incises, for 3 pianos, 3 harps, 2 vibes & marimba
  2. Messagesquisse, for solo cello & 6 cellos
  3. Anthemes II, for violin & electronics
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If one characteristic stands out in the contemporary works of Pierre Boulez, it is the remarkable depths of sonority he achieves through methods of multiplication and elaboration. In their unique ways, the three pieces on this Deutsche Grammophon release are intensely wrought complexes of layered timbres, reiterated attacks, and mirrored motifs, and even the untrained listener can discern how ideas chase each other back and forth, replicate, and build up vast networks of textures and colors. Whether it is the rapid-fire ...