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Messiaen: Complete Organ Works / Olivier Latry

Album Summary

>MessiaenOlivier : Apparition de l'église éternelle, for organ, I/8
>MessiaenOlivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
>MessiaenOlivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
>MessiaenOlivier : Offrande au Saint-Sacrement, for organ
>MessiaenOlivier : Diptyque, for organ, I/3
>MessiaenOlivier : Le Corps glorieux, brief visions (7) for organ, I/20
>MessiaenOlivier : Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité, for organ, I/49
>MessiaenOlivier : Prélude, for organ
>MessiaenOlivier : Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace, for organ, I/44
>MessiaenOlivier : Monodie, for organ, I/45a
>MessiaenOlivier : L' Ascension, for organ (arr. from orchestral piece), I/12b
>MessiaenOlivier : Messe de la Pentecôte, for organ, I/36
>MessiaenOlivier : Livre d'orgue, for organ, I/38
>MessiaenOlivier : Livre du Saint-Sacrement, for organ, I/53
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This set is being offered by DG at 6 CDs for the price of 5. The complete Messiaen organ works, including the composer's posthume works, are played by Olivier Latry, titular organist of Notre Dame church since 1985. The early organ works established basic features of Messiaen's style and subject matter. The similarity of organ and orchestral pieces was characteristic to his work and becomes apparent in the rich colorful and expressive orchestral meditations.

bbc.co.uk - Andrew McGregor
the cathedral resounds with the meeting between the music, the instrument, and what [Latry] calls 'its jewel-case of stone'....it's actually possible simply to revel in the extraordinary sounds [Messiaen] makes, his intimate understanding of the instrument he wrote for and the colours and textures he could draw from it.

New York Times
Since 1985 (when he was only 23), Mr. Latry has been one of the three titulaires at France's grandest cathedral, Notre Dame in Paris, whose organ is at heart another Cavaillé-Coll instrument. What makes his new boxed set special is the sound of that instrument. At Messiaen's many ecstatic climaxes or eerie epiphanies, the musical colors emanating from this organ truly seem to be breathing the air of other planets. It's a more amazing sound even than that of Messiaen's own instrument. Yet as another organ built at almost exactly the same time and rooted in Cavaille-Coll, it retains an authenticity that other organs inevitably lack.



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Works Details

>MessiaenOlivier : Apparition de l'église éternelle, for organ, I/8
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>MessiaenOlivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 61 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>MessiaenOlivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1960

>MessiaenOlivier : Offrande au Saint-Sacrement, for organ
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1930-1935

>MessiaenOlivier : Diptyque, for organ, I/3
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>MessiaenOlivier : Le Corps glorieux, brief visions (7) for organ, I/20
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 53 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>MessiaenOlivier : Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité, for organ, I/49
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 70 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>MessiaenOlivier : Prélude, for organ
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>MessiaenOlivier : Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace, for organ, I/44
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>MessiaenOlivier : Monodie, for organ, I/45a
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>MessiaenOlivier : L' Ascension, for organ (arr. from orchestral piece), I/12b
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>MessiaenOlivier : Messe de la Pentecôte, for organ, I/36
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1950

>MessiaenOlivier : Livre d'orgue, for organ, I/38
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>MessiaenOlivier : Livre du Saint-Sacrement, for organ, I/53
  • Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
  • Running Time: 98 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984