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Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of the Saviour) / Tom Winpenny, organ

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>MessiaenOlivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
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Notes & Reviews:

Before he was thirty, Olivier Messiaen had written the work that established his worldwide reputation as a visionary composer for the organ, La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of the Saviour). A synthesis of his innovatory compositional style, it is rich in colourful harmonies and precisely noted but flexible rhythms, many derived from Hindu tâlas and from the metre of Gregorian chant. This musical commentary on the Christmas story is divided into nine movements evoking timeless grace, beauty, radiance, exhilaration, and majesty. Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral, the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
When La NativitT appeared in 1935, it established Messiaen as a truly visionary composer for the organ. Along with the earlier Ascension (1934-35), it remains one of the composer's more popular organ works. Especially notable is the ninth movement, 'Dieu parmi nous', which is often played separately. Winpenny plays on the 1962 Harrison & Harrison in St Albans Cathedral. It is closely miked, producing a very clear and direct sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, UK (01/03/2014-01/04/2014).



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>MessiaenOlivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, UK (01/03/2014-01/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 59 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935