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Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi, Les offrandes oubliées, Un sourire / Jun Märkl

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> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 1: No. 1. Action de graces
> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 1: No. 2. Paysage
> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 1: No. 3. La maison
> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 1: No. 4. Epouvante
> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 2: No. 5. L'epouse
> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 2: No. 6. Ta voix
> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 2: No. 7. Les deux guerriers
> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 2: No. 8. Le collier
> Poemes pour Mi (version for soprano and orchestra) - Book 2: No. 9. Priere exaucee
> Les offrandes oubliees - Les offrandes oubliees
> Un sourire - Un sourire

Album Summary

>Messiaen, Olivier : Poèmes pour Mi
>Messiaen, Olivier : Les offrandes oubliées
>Messiaen, Olivier : Un sourire
Performer Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Love and faith, mortality and eternity are the abiding themes of these three important and beautifully shimmering works by one of the 20th century's most innovative composers. 'Les offrandes oubliees', Messiaen's first published orchestral work, is a symphonic meditation on Christ's loving sacrifice to redeem the sin of humanity. 'Poemes pour Mi' sets nine mystical texts which were written as highly personal love songs to his first wife, Claire Delbos, while 'Un sourire' pays homage to what he saw as Mozart's ever-smiling attitude to life's many hardships.

"When Messiaen made the orchestral arrangement of his song cycle, Poemes pour Mi, in 1937, it was considered unplayable because of its rhythmic complexity. Its difficulty lay in the composer's desire to have it sound like it was being freely improvised, which was not quite so tricky in the version for voice and piano (where he simply eliminated the bar lines), but which required extraordinary coordination to pull off with unanimity in a large orchestra of many dozens of individuals. For modern orchestras weaned on the music of the middle and late twentieth century, though, it holds no particular terrors, and the musicians of Orchestre National de Lyon play it like it was second nature. Jun Markl leads a beautifully nuanced performance that does in fact have the spontaneity of an unpremeditated ecstatic effusion. The rhythmic fluidity, nuanced dynamics, and supple phrasing of Markl's reading capture the romantic sensuality and mystical spirituality that are interwoven in the score." -All Music Guide

”To sum up, this is the best recording around of a mesmerizing masterwork, well worth acquiring by Messiaen fans and lovers of great singing alike. Want List material, in fact.”-Fanfare



Reviews

Great interpretation of difficult repertoire
Although not a connoisseur of Messiaen, this 1936 song cycle is what I’ve come to expect from him: it’s melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically complex, with unconventional, even bizarre colors. The listener almost experiences his synesthesia. The soprano’s interpretation of this vocally and dramatically difficult music is impressive, but the content itself is so unusual that it’s almost difficult to enjoy—it’s beautiful, but conveys such a sense of tension. Jun Markl proves a sensitive and effective conductor, and the Orchestre National de Lyon is flawless.
Submitted on 12/09/09 by coloraturasop 
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Works Details

>Messiaen, Olivier : Poèmes pour Mi
  • Performer: Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, Lyon, France (07/16/2008-07/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Messiaen, Olivier : Les offrandes oubliées
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, Lyon, France (07/16/2008-07/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Messiaen, Olivier : Un sourire
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, Lyon, France (07/16/2008-07/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989