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Olivier Messiaen - 100th Anniversary Edition

Album Summary

>MessiaenOlivier : Turangalîla-symphonie, for piano, ondes martenot & orchestra, I/29
>MessiaenOlivier : Les Offrandes oubliées, méditations symphoniques, for orchestra (also a piano reduction), I/5a,b
>MessiaenOlivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 winds & 3 percussion, I/47
>MessiaenOlivier : Chronochromie, for orchestra, I/43
>MessiaenOlivier : Eclairs sur l'au-delá, for orchestra, I/61
>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22
>MessiaenOlivier : Theme and Variations, for violin & piano, I/10
>MessiaenOlivier : Le merle noir, for flute & piano, I/37
>MessiaenOlivier : Preludes (8) for piano, I/2
>MessiaenOlivier : Regards (20) sur l'Enfant-Jésus, for piano, I/27
>MessiaenOlivier : Visions de l'Amen for 2 pianos, I/25
>MessiaenOlivier : Études de rhythme (4), for piano solo, I/32-35
>MessiaenOlivier : Cantéyodjayâ, for piano, I/30
>MessiaenOlivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
>MessiaenOlivier : Diptyque, for organ, I/3
>MessiaenOlivier : Apparition de l'église éternelle, for organ, I/8
>MessiaenOlivier : L' Ascension, for organ (arr. from orchestral piece), I/12b
>MessiaenOlivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
>MessiaenOlivier : Livre du Saint-Sacrement, for organ, I/53
>MessiaenOlivier : Le Corps glorieux, brief visions (7) for organ, I/20
>MessiaenOlivier : Messe de la Pentecôte, for organ, I/36
>MessiaenOlivier : Livre d'orgue, for organ, I/38
>MessiaenOlivier : La Mort du nombre, for soprano, tenor, violin & piano, I/6
>MessiaenOlivier : Mélodies (3), for soprano & piano, I/4
>MessiaenOlivier : Poèmes pour Mi, song cycle for soprano & piano (or orchestra), I/17b
>MessiaenOlivier : Chants de terre et de ciel, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/19
>MessiaenOlivier : Harawi, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/28
>MessiaenOlivier : Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, for women's chorus, piano, ondes martenot, percussion
>MessiaenOlivier : Cinq rechants, for 12 voices, I/31
>MessiaenOlivier : O sacrum convivium!, for voices, I/18
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

To celebrate Messiaen's centenary, EMI Classics is releasing a boxed set with of 14 CDs of his greatest music, including 4 CDs of solo organ music played by Messiaen himself. Other highlights include his wife, pianist Yvonne Loriod, on Quatuor Pour la Fin du Temps, and his sister-in-law, Jeanne Loriod, plays the ondes Martenot in the Turangalila Symphony. Although most works have been issued on CD before, some are quite rare - such as the 2 CDs of Melodies - and the Quatre Etudes de Rythme and Canteyodjaya, played by Michel Beroff and John Ogdon, respectively, have never been released on CD. This set stands as a perfect introduction to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.

Gramophone Magazine
The 14-CD EMI set is one of the those incredibly useful, disarmingly cheap, EMI completist pull-togethers, this one boasting classic Messiaen moments like Previn's 1977 Turangalîla-Symphonie, Dorati's penetrating 1964 Chronochromie, Rattle's Eclairs sur l'Au-delà, Martha Argerich's and Alexandre Rabinovitch's Visions de l'Amen and Messiaen's own performances of his organ works.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The 14-CD EMI set is one of those incredibly useful, disarmingly cheap, completist pulltogethers, this one boasting classic Messiaen moments like Previn's 1977 Turangalîla-Symphonie, Dorati's penetrating 1964 Chronochromie, Rattle's Eclairs sur l'Au-delà, Martha Argerich's and Alexandre Rabinovitch's Visions de l'Amen and Messiaen's own performances of his organ works.

For those wanting to look deeper into Messiaen's evolution and history, the Accord set of early recordings featuring Messiaen, Loriod and contemporary acolytes is essential. The set begins with Messiaen's and Loriod's 1962 recording of Visions de l'Amen (their second version; an original 1949 account is lost to hopeless sound) and it's a cunningly paced, keenly nuanced performance where articulation and timbre have been carefully considered. Loriod's 1956 account of the Vingt regards has a thrilling atmosphere of discovery, and the Catalogued'oiseaux she cut in '59 has bravura attack, although her later Erato set is more seasoned.

In the mid-1950s Pierre Boulez's Domain Musical society gave many Messiaen premieres, and Boulez's account of the insanely exacting Sept Haïkaï and a joyous performance of Oiseauxexotiques from Rudolf Albert, recorded at Domaine Musical events, enjoy a marvellous sense of time and place. Messiaen's own recording of the Quartet for the End of Time, featuring cellist Etienne Pasquier (with whom he was interred in Stalag VIII-A), is technically wobbly and shrill by modern standards, but has a rooted emotional authenticity that never tries too hard to make its point. The only low-point is Maurice Le Roux's Turangalîla: an apparently fine performance, but the recording is so lamely transferred it's impossible to tell either way.

BBC Music Magazine
This handsome set from EMI is well worth considering. With works spanning his output, a range of genres and some wonderful performances...



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Works Details

>MessiaenOlivier : Turangalîla-symphonie, for piano, ondes martenot & orchestra, I/29
  • Performers: Michel Béroff (Piano); Jeanne Loriod (Ondes Martenot)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (07/11/1977-07/13/1977)
  • Running Time: 77 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1948-1990

>MessiaenOlivier : Les Offrandes oubliées, méditations symphoniques, for orchestra (also a piano reduction), I/5a,b
  • Conductor: Serge Baudo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (03/06/1968/03/08/1968)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>MessiaenOlivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 winds & 3 percussion, I/47
  • Conductor: Serge Baudo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris Percussion Ensemble
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (03/06/1968/03/08/1968)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963-1964

>MessiaenOlivier : Chronochromie, for orchestra, I/43
  • Conductor: Antal Dorati
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (09/27/1964/10/11/1964)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959-1960

>MessiaenOlivier : Eclairs sur l'au-delá, for orchestra, I/61
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (06/17/2004-06/19/2004)
  • Running Time: 58 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988-1992

>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22
  • Performers: Manuel Fischer-Dieskau (Cello); Yvonne Loriod (Piano); Wolfgang Meyer (Clarinet); Christoph Poppen (Violin)
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (11/19/1990-11/21/1990)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940-1941

>MessiaenOlivier : Theme and Variations, for violin & piano, I/10
  • Performers: Yvonne Loriod (Piano); Christoph Poppen (Violin)
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (11/19/1990-11/21/1990)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>MessiaenOlivier : Le merle noir, for flute & piano, I/37
  • Performer: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London, England (02/17/1997-02/19/1997)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>MessiaenOlivier : Preludes (8) for piano, I/2
  • Performer: Michel Béroff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>MessiaenOlivier : Regards (20) sur l'Enfant-Jésus, for piano, I/27
  • Performer: Michel Béroff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 108 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>MessiaenOlivier : Visions de l'Amen for 2 pianos, I/25
  • Performers: Alexandre Rabinovitch (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (12/02/1989-12/03/1989)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>MessiaenOlivier : Études de rhythme (4), for piano solo, I/32-35
  • Performer: Michel Béroff (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (03/21/1978-03/23/1978)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1950

>MessiaenOlivier : Cantéyodjayâ, for piano, I/30
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>MessiaenOlivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Notes: Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, France (06/15/1956-06/22/1956)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1960

>MessiaenOlivier : Diptyque, for organ, I/3
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Notes: Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, France (06/15/1956-06/22/1956)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>MessiaenOlivier : Apparition de l'église éternelle, for organ, I/8
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Notes: Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, France (06/15/1956-06/22/1956)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>MessiaenOlivier : L' Ascension, for organ (arr. from orchestral piece), I/12b
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Notes: Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, France (06/15/1956-06/22/1956)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>MessiaenOlivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Notes: Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, France (06/15/1956-06/22/1956)
  • Running Time: 68 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>MessiaenOlivier : Livre du Saint-Sacrement, for organ, I/53 :: Prière après la Communion
  • Performer: Naji Hakim (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>MessiaenOlivier : Le Corps glorieux, brief visions (7) for organ, I/20
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>MessiaenOlivier : Messe de la Pentecôte, for organ, I/36
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1950

>MessiaenOlivier : Livre d'orgue, for organ, I/38
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>MessiaenOlivier : La Mort du nombre, for soprano, tenor, violin & piano, I/6
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Andrew Watkinson (Violin); Philip Langridge; Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>MessiaenOlivier : Mélodies (3), for soprano & piano, I/4
  • Performers: Michele Command (Voice); Marie-Madeleine Petit (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (12/02/1977/12/05/1977)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>MessiaenOlivier : Poèmes pour Mi, song cycle for soprano & piano (or orchestra), I/17b
  • Performers: Michele Command (Voice); Marie-Madeleine Petit (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (12/02/1977/12/05/1977)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1936-1937

>MessiaenOlivier : Chants de terre et de ciel, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/19
  • Performers: Michele Command (Voice); Marie-Madeleine Petit (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (12/02/1977/12/05/1977)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>MessiaenOlivier : Harawi, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/28
  • Performers: Michele Command (Voice); Marie-Madeleine Petit (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (12/02/1977/12/05/1977)
  • Running Time: 58 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>MessiaenOlivier : Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, for women's chorus, piano, ondes martenot, percussion
  • Performers: Cynthia Millar (Ondes Martenot); Rolf Hind (Piano)
  • Conductor: Terry Edwards
  • Running Time: 33 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1943-1944

>MessiaenOlivier : Cinq rechants, for 12 voices, I/31
  • Conductor: Terry Edwards
  • Running Time: 20 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1948

>MessiaenOlivier : O sacrum convivium!, for voices, I/18
  • Conductor: Terry Edwards
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937