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Olivier Messiaen: Et exspecto Resurectionem mortuorum; Le tombeau resplendissant; Hymne / Jun Markl

> Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum - I. Des profondeurs de l'abime, je crie vers toi, Seigneur: Seigneur, ecoute ma voix!
> Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum - II. Le Christ, ressuscite des morts, ne meurt plus; la mort n'a plus sur lui d'empire
> Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum - III. L'heure vient ou les morts entendront la voix du Fils de Dieu …
> Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum - IV. Ils ressusciteront, glorieux, avec un nom nouveau, dans le concert joyeux des etoiles et les acclamations des fils du Ciel
> Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum - V. Et j'entendis la voix d'une foule immense …
> Le tombeau resplendissant - Le tombeau resplendissant
> Hymne - Hymne

Album Summary

>Messiaen, Olivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
>Messiaen, Olivier : Le Tombeau resplendissant, for orchestra, I/7
>Messiaen, Olivier : Hymne au Saint-Sacrement
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Olivier Messiaen's uniquely distinctive and powerfully expressive musical voice drew strength from religious faith and nature. A prestigious commission, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum commemorates the dead of two World Wars through the transcendence of Christ's Resurrection. Scored for winds and percussion, the work is conceived for and conjures up vast spaces. Le tombeau resplendissant and Hymne are early works, but equally filled with mystery and symbolism. Fanfare magazine described Jun Märkl's previous volume in this series (Poèmes pour Mi / 8.572174) as "the best recording around of a mesmerizing masterwork". Offspring of the Societe des Grands Concerts de Lyon, founded in 1905, the Orchestre National de Lyon became a permanent orchestra with 102 musicians in 1969, with Louis Fremaux as its first musical director. Taking over from Louis Fremaux in 1971, Serge Baudo was in charge of the orchestra until 1986 and made it a musical force to be reckoned with far beyond its home region. Jun Märkl was Music Director of the orchestra from 2005 to 2011.

Financial Times
Even though a recording cannot generate the shattering impact of live performance, Märkl and the Orchestre National de Lyon give the music plenty of expressive room, thereby underlining the beauty of its quiet birdsong and the universalism of its message.

The Guardian
Jun Märkl's performance is well paced and carefully shaped and balanced.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ***
A fascinating mixture of youthful and mature Messiaen...Messiaen was keen that there should be a sense of power in his music (not to be confused with volume), but, beautifully as it is played, this account of Et exspecto periodically pulls its punches. There is still much to admire, though, especially in the early works.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Märkl and the Lyons orchestra tend to bring out more of the work's sobriety than its strangeness...It would be hard to sanitise this music completely, however, and the compelling way in which the rhythmic buoyancy of oriental dance comes into conjunction with Roman Catholic piety in the fourth movement is vividly conveyed.

MusicWeb International, July 2012
These recordings...give us fine and resplendently recorded performances, but the tempos throughout portray Messiaen as a sleep-walking purveyor of hypnotic and grandiose visions. If this is the way you see Messiaen, then fine but the evidence is that the composer himself never intended this music to be given this sort of treatment.

The Guardian, 21st June 2012
Jun MSrkl's performance is well paced and carefully shaped and balanced.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium de Lyon, France (2008-06-16&2010-10-29_2010-).


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Works Details

>Messiaen, Olivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Ensemble: Lyon National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963-1964

>Messiaen, Olivier : Le Tombeau resplendissant, for orchestra, I/7
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Running Time: 18 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Messiaen, Olivier : Hymne au Saint-Sacrement
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (10/29/2010-10/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1947