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Olivier Messiaen: Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen

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>Messiaen, Olivier : Visions de l'amen
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Notes & Reviews:

In the spring of 1943, in German-occupied Paris, a select audience of invited guests gathered at the Galerie Charpentier for the first performance of Olivier Messiaen's new work for two pianos, Visions de l'Amen. Although originally one of several pieces on the program, a printed announcement of a change of date explained that "the significance, the character and the duration of this work have led the Concerts de la Pleiade to present it in a concert which will be entirely devoted to it." Performed by Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod, Visions represented the first musical collaboration between the two, and the beginning of a personal and creative partnership that would endure for half a century. This new recording brings together two leading performers of Messiaen's music - pianists Sarah Rothenberg and Marilyn Nonken.

"One other thing you need to know about Messiaen is that he heard the most basic elements of music - such as color, harmony, rhythm, pitch, and time - in a markedly different way than the great majority of us do. With the assistance of Yvonne Loriod, his artistic collaborator, inspiration, and his eventually his wife, he explored new and breathtaking avenues in all these respects over a course of fifty years, until his death in 1992. Of Loriod, who herself died just recently on 17 May, 2010, he paid the highest tribute to her formidable piano technique: 'I am able to allow myself the greatest eccentricities because to her anything is possible.'...On the present Bridge recording, Sarah Rothenberg, distinguished American pianist who studied Messiaen's music in Paris with Loriod, and Marilyn Nonken, who has already established a reputation as a champion of modern music, give an enthusiastic and supernally skilled interpretation of what is certainly one of the greatest works of the modern era...The physical demands of Messiaen's music must surely have required Rothenberg and Nonken to posses something of the technical skills and keen sensitivity to each other's performance of a present-day Messiaen and Loriod." - Sequenza 21

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stude Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, (05/26/2009-05/28/2009).


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>Messiaen, Olivier : Visions de l'amen
  • Performers: Marilyn Nonken (Piano); Sarah Rothenberg (Piano)
  • Notes: Stude Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, TX (05/26/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943