Dialogue de l'ombre double

Thu 29 June 2017,
7:30 p.m.
Pierre Boulez Saal

One of today’s most respected conductors, Sir Simon Rattle is also a highly accomplished pianist—an aspect of his artistry that will be revealed when he is joined by his wife, mezzo- soprano Magdalena Kožena, in a program including Dialogue de l’ombre double by Pierre Boulez.

Dedicated to Luciano Berio and composed for his 60th birthday in 1985 was premiered October 28, 1985 in Florence by Alain Damiens, the work was created at IRCAM with Andrew Gerzso.
Dialogue de l'ombre double—taken from Soulier de satin by Claudel—is a back-and-forth between verses and transitions performed by the same musician. The verses are performed on stage “live”; the transitions were pre-recorded and played over loudspeakers. Opposed to the real and localized presence of certain elements is the imaginary, diffuse presence of others. Each verse is centered on a unique idea; the transitions carry us from one motif to another.


Ernest Chausson Chanson Perpétuelle for voice, piano and string quartet
Pierre Boulez Dialogue de l’ombre double for clarinet solo and electronics*
Maurice Ravel Chansons madécasses for voice, flute, cello and piano
Johannes Brahms Ophelia Songs for mezzo-soprano and string quartet ; Viola Songs
Antonin Dvorak Selection of songs arranged by Duncan Ward


Magdalena Kožena Mezzo-Soprano
Sir Simon Rattle Piano
Boulez Ensemble
*Andrew Gerzso IRCAM Computer Music Design
*Sylvain Cadars IRCAM Sound Engineer

With the participation of IRCAM-Centre Pompidou.
  • Pierre Boulez  © Jean Radel
    Pierre Boulez © Jean Radel
  • Magdalena Kožena et Simon Rattle  © Jiri Slama
    Magdalena Kožena et Simon Rattle © Jiri Slama
  • Boulez Ensemble  © Pierre Boulez Saal
    Boulez Ensemble © Pierre Boulez Saal