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MESSIAEN, Olivier - Composers

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Composer: MESSIAEN, Olivier ((1908-1992))
MESSIAEN, Olivier His/her music:
(Contribution by G. Messiaen <gerald.messiaen
cec.eu.int>)
Most of his compositions were explicitly religious and divided between characteristic styles of extremely slow meditation, bounding dance and the objective unfolding of arithmetical systems. They include the orchestral L'ascension (1933), the organ cycles La nativité du Seigneur (1935) and Les corps glorieux (1939), the song cycles Poèmes pour Mi (1936) and Chants de terre et de ciel (1938), and the culminating work of this period, the Quatuor pour la fin du temps for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1941).
His next works were based largely on his own adaptations of birdsongs: they include Réveil des oiseaux for piano and orchestra (1953), Oiseaux exotiques for piano, wind and percussion (1956), the immense Catalogue d'oiseaux for solo piano (1958) and the orchestral Chronochromie (1960). In these, and in his Japanese postcards Sept haïkaï for piano and small orchestra (1962), he continued to follow his junior contemporaries, but then returned to religious subjects in works that bring together all aspects of his music. These include another small-scale piano concerto, Couleurs de la cité céleste (1963), and the monumental Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum for wind and percussion (1964). Thereafter he devoted himself to a sequence of works on the largest scale: the choral-orchestral La Transfiguration (1969), the organ volumes Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité (1969), the 12-movement piano concerto Des canyons aux étoiles... (1974) and the opera Saint François d'Assise (1983).
For piano, organ: the Visions de l'amen (1943) and the Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus (1944), followed by an exuberant triptych on the theme of erotic love: the song cycle Harawi (1945), the Turangalîla symphonie with solo piano and ondes martenot (1948) and the Cinq rechants for small chorus (1949). Meanwhile the serial adventures of Boulez and others were also making a mark, and Messiaen produced his most abstract, atonal and irregular music in the Quatre études de rythme for piano (1949) and the Livre d'orgue (1951).


(contributed by Crescenzo G. Fonzo <foxtrot76
aol.com>)
Messiaen works for organ include:
Le Banquet Celeste, Diptyque, Apparition de l'Eglise Eternelle, L' Ascension, La Nativité du Seigneur, Les Corps Glorieux, Messe de la Pentecôte, Livre d'Orgue, Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité V, Livre du St. Sacrament.
He is also well known for the following vocal and instrumental works:
Quartor pour la fin du Temps, Le Merle Noir, Couleurs de la Cité Celeste, Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum, O Sacrum Convivium, Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus, and the Opera Saint François d'Assise.
Some of his other works:
Chant des Déportes, La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ (for choir and orchestra).

His/her life:
(Contribution by G. Messiaen <gerald.messiaen
cec.eu.int>)
He studied at the Paris Conservatoire (1919-30) with Dukas, Emmanuel and Dupré, and taught there (1941-78) while also serving as organist of La Trinité in Paris.
During the war he found himself surrounded by an eager group of students, including Boulez and Yvonne Loriod, who eventually became his second wife.


Olivier Messiaen was one of the most innovative major 20th Century Composers. Student of Dukas and Dupré at the Paris Conservatory, Messiaen's style incorporates Gregorian Chant, onomatopoeic elements, colouristics, bird songs, and a highly personal modal technique utilizing complex rhythms from ancient and Oriental cultures.
He was "organiste titulaire" at la Trinité in Paris from 1931 until his death in April, 1992. He was succeeded by Organist/Composer Naji Hakim in 1993.

Fantasy - Works for Violin and Piano - Kaoru Yamada - Sholto Kynoch

Fantasy - Works for Violin and Piano - Kaoru Yamada - Sholto Kynoch
ID: 5060192780017
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

This debut recital disc from violinist Kaoru Yamada and pianist Sholto Kynoch is a breathtaking performance of a fascinating and beautiful programme based around the Fantasy repertoire for violin and piano. For Schubert’s song Sei mir gegrüsst, they are joined by rising stars of the singing world, soprano Rhona McKail and tenor Nicky Spence.
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Sven van de Voorde - Messiaen - Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps

Sven van de Voorde - Messiaen - Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps
ID: ACDBR071-2
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Clarinet

Debut album by Sven Van De Voorde and ensemble TetraGonist expected Soon!
Presentation Concert March 16 Conservatory Ghent.
January 15th 1941: The premiere of Messiaen’s most performed work ‘Quatuor pour la fin du Temps’ in the theatre shed of Stelag
VIIa, a German work camp near the Polish border.

This work, which consists of 8 parts, centralizes the Apocalypse as it is portrayed in the Gospel of John. The musical language is essentially ‘immatériel, spirituel et catholique’. Messiaen dubbed himself a ‘compositeur- rythmicien’ and, alongside his preoccupation with harmonic development reflected in his wayward use of several modes, he was mainly concerned about the auditor’s listening experience. This concern was expressed , on the one hand, through added values and rhythmical palindromes, and on the other, through his often extremely low paces, always aiming to express the Christian mystical experience that results in eternity.

The ‘Quator pour la fin du Timps’ by O. Messiaen with its unique formation, is the central work around which the young TetraGonist Ensemble has taken shape…Which music, however, could function alongside this masterpiece
and maybe even shed a new light on it?
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cor! - Alison Teale plays cor anglais and Elizabeth Burley, piano

cor! - Alison Teale plays cor anglais and Elizabeth Burley, piano
ID: CC2023
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The 16-page full colour CD booklet folds out to reveal a large image of a cor anglais,
as well as biographies and track notes in English. Introduction by Alison Teale: "I love the cor anglais. To me, it's one of the most wonderful instruments in the orchestra. My mission is to expand its repertoire, to encourage more people to explore its hidden qualities and gain as much pleasure from playing as I do. "I've chosen a mix of music to illustrate the astonishing versatility of the cor anglais: not only its rich and beautiful melodic tones, but also its power and extraordinary agility. Some pieces, such as Luchetti's Rock Song, push the boundaries of technique. Others, like Piazzolla's Nightclub 1960, reveal the glorious upper register. And some, such as the Bebop Tango, are just plain fun."


Alison Teale is the principal cor anglais player with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. While studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alison was appointed co-principal oboe with the Honh]=g Kong Philharmonic orchestra. In 2003 she moved to Cardiff to become the principal cor anglais player for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

In 2001 Alison won the Isle of Wight International oboe Competition, which led to here Purcell Room debut. She has performed numerous concertos for BBC Radio 3, notably Quiet City with Alison Balsam.

She enjoys giving regular masterclasses, performing solo and chamber music recitals, and the additional variety that comes from freelance work. Alison is oboe professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Pianist Elizabeth Burley performs, records and broadcasts widely in several different roles: chamber musician, orchestral pianist, soloist and accompanist. She has worked with some of the world's leading orchestras - notably the BBC Sympnony Orchestra, where she has collaborated with many of the most influential modern composers, inclding Boulez, Berio, Knussen, Adams and Maxwell Davies.
Elizabeth is a professor at the Royal College of Music.
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Brave New World - Emma Johnson, clarinet - John Lenehan, piano

Brave New World - Emma Johnson, clarinet - John Lenehan, piano
ID: CHRCD084
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano and Clarinet

Sergey (Sergeyevich) Prokofiev
1 - 4 Sonata for flute and piano
Paul Hindemith
5 - 8 Sonata for clarinet and piano
Nino Rota
9 - 11 Sonata in Re
Witold Lutoslawski
12 - 16 Dance Preludes
Olivier Messiaen
17 - Abime des oiseaux
18 -Vocalise - Etude
13.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Cedric Pescia - Les Folies Francaises - Couperin - Debussy - Messiaen

Cedric Pescia - Les Folies Francaises - Couperin - Debussy - Messiaen
ID: CLAVES502719
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

This programme of Couperin/Debussy/Messiaen, is constructed like a voyage through the centuries and is dedicated to three composers whose connections are manifest: Debussy’s elegance and clarity are clearly reminiscent of Couperin, and Messiaen was fascinated by Debussy’s innovations and touched by the subtle musical impressions of the elder composer. The musical voyage is made even more agreeable by the absorbing playing of Cédric Pescia.

F. Couperin
Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 13ème in B minor: Les folies Françaises, ou Les dominos
Pièces de clavecin IV: Ordre 25ème in E flat major

C. Debussy:
Préludes - Book 2 (12, complete)

O. Messiaen:
Le Courlis cendré
16.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Berceuses - Lullabies - Various Composers, A. Alberti, piano

Berceuses - Lullabies - Various Composers, A. Alberti, piano
ID: CNT2027
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Piano (Kawai gran coda)

DDD 32 bit recording, 64 bit remastering
6 pages booklet Italian/English


In French they're called Berceuse, in German, Wiegenlied, in English Lullaby, in Italian Ninnananna.
The oldest example included in this recording "Le Dodo ou L'amour au berceau" is a piece which could easily belong to the prehistory of the genre and it's taken from the Fifteenth Ordre for harpsichord by François Couperin. Published in 1722, this piece uses the same lullaby melody that lies at the heart of Debussy's "Jardin sous la pluie" almost two hundred years later. The CD explores the history of the berceuse genre: proceeding in chronological order, we encounter the beautiful pieces by Chopin (who, by writing his Berceuse in 1844, did, in fact, invent a genre), Schumann, von Henselt, Liszt, Raff, Alkan, Brahms/Cortot, Grieg, Cˇajkovskij/Rachmaninov, Feruccio Busoni, Sibelius, Balakirev, Debussy. The collection of berceuses presented in this CD ( of course incomplete) is concluding with the Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus by Olivier Messiaen.

Iconography: Henry de Toulouse Lautrec, Berceuse
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La Jeune France - Jolivet, Messiaen And Daniel-Lesur

La Jeune France - Jolivet, Messiaen And Daniel-Lesur
ID: COR16023
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

13.00 eur Buy

O. Messiaen - Complete Organ Works Vol II. - M. Bonaventure, organ

O. Messiaen - Complete Organ Works Vol II. - M. Bonaventure, organ
ID: DCD34016
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: Organ

Nourished by Messiaen's beloved birdsong and Hindu rhythms, the Méditations bring alive the deepest mysteries of Catholicism and are here performed with a visceral intensity by Michael Bonaventure. This powerfully idiosyncratic composer's music has been realised on an organ of immense range and apocalyptic power.

(the Rieger organ of St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh)


Track Listing

O. Messiaen
Disc 1
Livre d'orgue
1. Reprises par interversion
2. Pièce en trio
3. Les mains de l'abîme
4. Chants d'oiseaux
5. Pièce en trio
6. Les yeux dans les roues
7. Soixante quatre durées
8. Monodie

Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité
9. Méditation I
10. Méditation II

Total playing time [72:02]

Disc 2
1. Méditation III
2. Méditation IV
3. Méditation V
4. Méditation VI
5. Méditation VII
6. Méditation VIII
7. Méditation IX
Total playing time [61:12]
18.00 eur Buy

Ascension - Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh - M.Owens, organ

Ascension - Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh - M.Owens, organ
ID: DCD34017
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choral and Organ

The powerful imagery of the Ascension has inspired generations of composers, from Peter Phillips and William Byrd to Gerald Finzi, Charles Villiers Stanford and Olivier Messiaen. The first part of this recording is in the form of an Anglican service of Choral Evensong; this is followed by Messiaen’s organ work L’Ascension, performed by Matthew Owens.

The choral works on the disc all have particular associations with the Cathedral, and some receive their premiere recording here. From James MacMillan’s meditative Tremunt videntes angeli to the rich fabric of Richard

Allain’s Exon Service, the Choir of St Mary’s weaves a complexly beautiful sonic tapestry in the cathedral’s generous acoustic.


Track listing

1 James MacMillan Tremunt videntes angeli
2 Kenneth Leighton Preces and Responses I (1964)
3 Office Hymn: Eternal Monarch, King Most High
4 Psalm XLVII
5 Psalm CVIII
6 Richard Allain Magnificat ‘The Exon Service’
7 Richard Allain Nunc Dimittis ‘The Exon Service’
8 Kenneth Leighton Preces and Responses II
9 Patrick Gowers Viri Galilaei
10 Recessional Hymn: Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) L'Ascension
11 I Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père
12 II Alléluias sereins d'une âme qui désire le ciel
13 III Transports de joie d'une âme
devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienne
14 IV Prière du Christ montant vers son Père
12.00 eur Buy

O. Messiaen - Les Corps Glorieux - Complete Organ Works Vol I . - T. Byram-Wigfield

O. Messiaen - Les Corps Glorieux - Complete Organ Works Vol I . -  T. Byram-Wigfield
ID: DCD34024
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: Organ

The Organ of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Timothy Byram-Wigfield presents Messiaen’s ground-breaking Les Corps Glorieux on the organ of Windsor’s St George’s Chapel, with its protean personality. Byram-Wigfield is an ideal exponent of this work and its extremities; from his sensitive approach to its spiritual narrative, to his thrilling handling of its gargantuan climaxes, the listener cannot fail to be drawn into Messiaen’s colouristic world.

Track listing

O. Messiaen
1. Subtilité des Corps glorieux
2. Les Eaux de la Grâce
3. L'Ange aux parfums
4. Combat de la Mort et de la Vie
5. Force et Agilité des Corps glorieux
6. Joie et Clartédes des Corps glorieux
7. Le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
8. Le Banquet céleste
9. Apparition de l'Eglise éternelle
12.00 eur Buy

 
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