18 Sep 2010

Pierre Boulez in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud (17 min.)

In September 2010, the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez made a guest appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker to present performances of his own instrumental composition ...explosante-fixe... and Igor Stravinsky’s poetic short opera Le Rossignol. Boulez made his debut with the Philharmoniker as long ago as 1961, and since then he has played a decisive role in the history of the orchestra, both as a conductor and as a composer. In this conversation, conducted in French, the artist talks to principal flute of the Philharmoniker, Emmanuel Pahud, about the programme choice that Boulez has created as a juxtaposition of contrasts, and Stravinsky’s art of orchestral instrumentation.

The concert