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On TV in 1988...

It’s hard to believe now, but, in 1988, French television broadcasted a show dedicated to the exploration of the music of the 20th century, conceived by Pierre Boulez. Each “episode” presented a work and was then played by the soloists of the Ensemble intercontemporain. In the first excerpt, they play the fascinating Oiseaux exotiques by Olivier Messiaen. In the second, we can hear a rehearsal of Franco Donatoni's Tema.