In this week’s edition of the New Yorker magazine, music critic Alex Ross offers a tribute to Pierre Boulez, the CSO’s Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus, who died on Jan. 5 at the age of 90: “[Boulez] exemplified the ethos of his generation. Cool, brutal, elegant, fiery, he established a kind of International Style in music, and propagated it in polemical writings and through institutional networks. As a conductor, he was an exacting, absorbing interpreter of the advanced styles he favored. His death marks the end of an epoch: all those revolutionaries of the mid-20th century are now gone.”
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