The success of books and festivals such as The Rest Is Noise have made proved that 20th-century music exerts a fascination every bit as powerful as 20th-century art or architecture. Musically there can be no better guide to our tumultuous age than composer, conductor and titanic musical intellect Pierre Boulez. For the occasion of his 90th birthday DG have assembled a 44-CD set that charts the course of 20th century music, starting chronologically with Debussy and ending with works by Boulez himself.
Grammy-award winning Bartok and Stravinsky recordings stand out along with modern classics by Varèse, Concertos by Ligeti and the first complete recording of Berg’s Lulu. Other landmarks of the Second Viennese School include Schoenberg’s Moses und Aaron and the Webern recordings.