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Boulez: Répons / Dialogue de l’ombre double (Boulez, 1996)

An album that contains two compositions composed in the early 1980s by Pierre Boulez, a French composer/conductor of contemporary music, in collaboration with IRCAM/Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique.

Recorded in 1996. Released by Deutsche Grammophon in 1998.

“Répons” (1981–1984) is an electro-acoustic work for a chamber orchestra with six soloists (two pianos, harp, vibraphone, xylophone/glockenspiel, cimbalom) and live electronics. It is originally performed in the space in which the audience surrounds a chamber orchestra and conductor, and six soloists and speakers surround the audience. The acoustic sounds are transformed electronically in real time, and their responses give a beautiful sense of color, like a kaleidoscope. Pierre Boulez conducts Ensemble InterContemporain.

“Dialogue de l’ombre double” (1985) is a composition for a solo live clarinet and another one on prerecorded tape. The clarinet is played by Alain Damiens.

In the 43rd Grammy Awards (2000), “Répons” won the award for the Best Classical Contemporary Composition.