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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pierre Boulez Nixes BBC Proms

Composer will not conduct his Le marteau sans maître.
Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez.
A recent report on Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc revealed that Pierre Boulez, one of the most important conductors and composers still active on the international classical music circuit, has been forced to withdraw from this year's BBC Proms He is unable to fly to the United Kingdom due to recent eye surgery.

Francis Xavier-Roth will take his place on the podium, leading Boulez' iconic Le marteau sans maître ("The Hammer without a Master") on July 26. Other concerts, featuring Boulez' experimental music paired with Beethoven symphonies, will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

According to Mr. Lebrecht's report, Mr. Boulez is also "in doubt" for September's  Lucerne Festival, where he is scheduled to conduct Arnold Schoenberg's one-act opera Erwartung.

This is the second major cancellation for the 87-year-old maestro this year. In March, he withdrew from a Cleveland Orchestra performance of Mahler's Seventh Symphony at Severance Hall.

Mr. Boulez started having issues with his eyes following a fall in the winter of 2010. The conductor had a first round of surgery that year. In 2012, he had a further operation to correct complications that developed from the first operation.

We wish Mr. Boulez a quick and speedy recovery.

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