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Messiaen: Chamber Works including Quartet for the End of Time / Hebrides Ensemble, Conway

Album Summary

>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22
>MessiaenOlivier : Theme and Variations, for violin & piano, I/10
>MessiaenOlivier : Pièce, for piano & string quartet, I/58
>MessiaenOlivier : Fantaisie burlesque, for piano, I/11
>MessiaenOlivier : Le merle noir, for flute & piano, I/37
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Released to celebrate the centenary of the composer’s birth, this new recording of Messiaen’s chamber works, including the premiere recording of Fantaisie, is a comprehensive collection with highly informative booklet notes by Messiaen expert Nigel Simeone. Originally released in 2008 ‘Messiaen: Chamber Works’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue. ‘Messiaen: Chamber Works’ marries the chamber works of one of the finest 20th century composers with the renowned interpretive skills of contemporary music specialists the Hebrides Ensemble. Quatour pour la fin du Temps, written and premiered in a POW camp, is one of the most remarkable works to have come out of World War II. The Hebrides Ensemble powerfully conveys its apocalyptic inspiration and message of faith. ‘Messiaen: Chamber Works’ includes the first recording of Fantaisie, a work for violin and piano, thought to be lost until it was re-discovered by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and then published in 2007. The Theme and Variations was Messiaen's first piece of instrumental chamber music and was considered by the composer to be one of his best. The Hebrides Ensemble has built a reputation as Scotland's foremost chamber group, touring frequently throughout Scotland, appearing at international music festivals and broadcasting regularly on BBC Radio 3. The success of the Hebrides Ensemble led to its Wigmore Hall debut in May 2008 by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the births of both Olivier Messiaen and Elliott Carter. William Conway has established a successful dual career as cellist and conductor worldwide and was recently presented with a Scottish Society of Composers Award for ‘an outstanding contribution to the promotion of contemporary music’.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The concert has strong points. Hebrides sports good teamwork and rhythm, and they emphasize the composer's romantic traits. Conway boasts a marvelously warm sound, and Moore is both steady and sublime at the keyboard. The headline piece.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Mary's Church, Haddington, UK (03/17/2007-03/20/2007).



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Works Details

>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22
  • Conductor: William Conway
  • Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble
  • Notes: St Mary's Church, Haddington, UK (03/17/2007-03/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940-1941

>MessiaenOlivier : Theme and Variations, for violin & piano, I/10
  • Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble
  • Notes: St Mary's Church, Haddington, UK (03/17/2007-03/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>MessiaenOlivier : Pièce, for piano & string quartet, I/58
  • Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble
  • Notes: St Mary's Church, Haddington, UK (03/17/2007-03/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991

>MessiaenOlivier : Fantaisie burlesque, for piano, I/11
  • Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble
  • Notes: St Mary's Church, Haddington, UK (03/17/2007-03/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>MessiaenOlivier : Le merle noir, for flute & piano, I/37
  • Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble
  • Notes: St Mary's Church, Haddington, UK (03/17/2007-03/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951