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Pierre Boulez Saal - opening concert: a sensual listening experience / Financial Times

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Daniel Barenboim showcased Boulez's ferociously complex music and Gehry's new concert hall as The Boulez Ensemble performed on the opening night of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. 

Barenboim has an agenda. More than 600 invited guests, among them the German president Joachim Gauck, finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, and mayor Michael Müller, gathered to hear him open his new chamber music hall last weekend in Berlin. Instead of serving them easy listening, Barenboim bookended a knotty three-and-half-hour programme with complex works by Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), for whom the hall is named.  Photo: Peter Adamik

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