BOULEZ ENSEMBLE XLII
Octet for Winds
Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Les Noces for Soloists, Choir, four Pianos, and Percussion
In their first collaboration, conductor Oksana Lyniv and the Boulez Ensemble present an insightful homage to Igor Stravinsky—with the program’s three works reflecting the composer’s transition from the “Russian” style of his early years to his neo-classical period. Les Noces, a ballet about a Russian peasant wedding begun in 1914 but not premiered until almost a decade later, once again reveals Stravinsky’s fascination with the traditional music of his homeland. The Symphonies of Wind Instruments from 1920 and the Wind Octet, written a few years later, marked the beginning of his exploration of 18th-century techniques and forms.