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Messiaen's unusual instrumentation, inventive scoring and use of birdsong as a source of musical material in Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars) evoke the beauty of a magnificent landscape and celebrate the marvels of Creation itself. A commission by an American philanthropist in 1970 allowed Olivier Messiaen to explore one of North America's wildest and most elemental landscapes: Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Looking beyond the depths of the canyons, Messiaen's work reaches higher to 'the beauties of the physical sky and the spiritual sky.' This is a live recording by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach - recorded at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall in November 2013 as part of 'The Rest Is Noise' festival, inspired by Alex Ross's book 'The Rest Is Noise'.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
From the Canyons to the Stars (1971-74) is a result of a commission from Alice Tully to celebrate the bicentenary of the Declaration of Independence. Messiaen and his wife Yvonne Loriod visited America in preparation and spent a good deal of time in Utah, where its breathtaking geography and parks supplied ample inspiration for this mammoth 3-part 12-movement suite.
Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (11/02/2013).
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- Performers: Andrew Barclay (Xylorimba); John Ryan (Horn); Erika Öhman (Glockenspiel); Tzimon Barto (Piano)
- Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
- Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Notes: Composition written: 1971-74.
- Running Time: 98 min. 50 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1971-1974
- Studio/Live: Live