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Olivier Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement / Michael Bonaventure, organ

Album Summary

>Messiaen, Olivier : Livre du Saint Sacrement
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The seeds for Messiaen's final organ work were sown during an inspirational trip to Israel in 1984. Over the course of the next twelve months, Messiaen found improvisation leading him back to composition after the exhausting labors that had produced his mighty opera Saint François d'Assise. The Livre du Saint Sacrement became Messiaen's grand farewell to his own instrument, and Michael Bonaventure performs it from memory on the Rieger organ at St. Giles' Cathedral, whose true acoustic preserves the clarity of Messiaen's lines. The stunning booklet incorporates an essay written by Messiaen biographer Nigel Simeone.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh (01/09/2007-01/10/2007).


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Works Details

>Messiaen, Olivier : Livre du Saint Sacrement
  • Performer: Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh (01/09/2007-01/10/2007)
  • Running Time: 114 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984