The only works of art that are interesting to me are those which allow for a change of perspective Pierre Boulez
Just like the Pierre Boulez Saal, the Boulez Ensemble embodies flexibility and programmatic openness. Whether presenting solo pieces or works for a multitude of different combinations of instruments, the ensemble’s concerts are focused on the inspiring juxtaposition of the Classical and Romantic repertoire with compositions from the 20th century and music of the present day. Vivaldi, Mozart, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Schoenberg, Boulez, and Francesconi—these are just a few of the composers whose works the Boulez Ensemble performs this season, led by its founder Daniel Barenboim as well as notable guest conductors, offering an opportunity to look and listen beneath the surface and beyond the familiar.
In the final quarter of the 2021–22 season, the Boulez Ensemble presents the world premieres of new works by Irini Amargianaki and Guillem Palomar—both composers are closely associated with the Pierre Boulez Saal. In June, Thomas Guggeis conducts an all-Schoenberg program including the revolutionary Pierrot lunaire with soprano Mojca Erdmann taking on the solo part. Schoenberg’s Five Orchestral Pieces Op. 16 will be heard on July 1 under the direction of Matthias Pintscher, together with his own NUR for Piano and Ensemble and works by Wagner and Webern. To close the season, the Boulez Ensemble welcomes back Zubin Mehta for Mozarts “Gran Partita” and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.