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Messiaen: La fête des belles eaux, Feuillet inédits; Ravel / Ensemble d'Ondes de Montréal, et al

Album Summary

>Messiaen, Olivier : Fete des belles eaux, for 6 ondes martenot, II/14
>Messiaen, Olivier : Feuillets inedits (4), for ondes Martenot
>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The ondes Martenot is an early electronic instrument invented by and named after French musician Maurice Martenot. Though difficult to describe, its haunting, quivering sound is immediately recognizable. Messiaen championed the ondes Martenot, most famously in his 'Turangalila Symphony'. He composed the featured work on this CD, 'Fete des Belles Eaux', in 1937 for the Paris International Exhibition of Arts and Technology. A site-specific composition, Messiaen's Fete was amplified by loudspeakers along the Seine river and accompanied by fireworks.



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>Messiaen, Olivier : Fête des belles eaux, for 6 ondes martenot, II/14
  • Ensemble: Ensemble d'Ondes de Montreal
  • Notes: Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal, Québec, Canada (09/08/2008-09/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Messiaen, Olivier : Feuillets inédits (4), for ondes Martenot
  • Performers: Louise Bessette (Piano); Estelle Lemire (Ondes Martenot)
  • Notes: Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal, Québec, Canada (09/08/2008-09/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major :: 1. Allegro moderato
  • Ensemble: Ensemble d'Ondes de Montreal
  • Notes: Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal, Québec, Canada (09/08/2008-09/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1902-1903