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Messiaen Edition

Album Summary

>Messiaen, Olivier : Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (6), for piano, I/54
>Messiaen, Olivier : Preludes (8) for Piano
>Messiaen, Olivier : Études de rhythme (4), for piano solo, I/32-35
>Messiaen, Olivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
>Messiaen, Olivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
>Messiaen, Olivier : Apparition de l'église éternelle, for organ, I/8
>Messiaen, Olivier : Poèmes pour Mi, song cycle for soprano & piano (or orchestra), I/17b
>Messiaen, Olivier : Chants de terre et de ciel
>Messiaen, Olivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps
>Messiaen, Olivier : Cinq Rechants
>Messiaen, Olivier : Visions de l'amen
>Messiaen, Olivier : Les Offrandes oubliées, méditations symphoniques, for orchestra (also a piano reduction), I/5a,b
>Messiaen, Olivier : Hymne au Saint-Sacrement
>Messiaen, Olivier : Regards (20) sur l'Enfant-Jésus, for piano, I/27
>Messiaen, Olivier : Harawi
>Messiaen, Olivier : Turangalîla-symphonie, for piano, ondes martenot & orchestra, I/29
>Messiaen, Olivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux
>Messiaen, Olivier : La fauvette des jardins
>Messiaen, Olivier : Réveil des oiseaux, for piano & orchestra, I/40
>Messiaen, Olivier : Couleurs de la cité céleste, for piano, 13 winds & 6 percussion, I/46
>Messiaen, Olivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
>Messiaen, Olivier : L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a
>Messiaen, Olivier : Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, for women's chorus, piano, ondes martenot, percussion
>Messiaen, Olivier : Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité, for organ, I/49
>Messiaen, Olivier : Des canyons aux étoiles..., for piano, horn, xylorimba, glockenspiel & orchestra, I/51
>Messiaen, Olivier : Sept haïkaï, for piano, 13 winds, 6 percussion & 8 violins, I/45
>Sound, Recorded : Olivier Messiaen
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This 18-CD set offers a comprehensive overview of Messiaen's work in recordings made between 1963 and 2000 by the Warner labels Erato and Teldec. The performers include the composer himself, the pianist Yvonne Loriod (his wife), Pierre Boulez, Marie-Claire Alain, and other champions of Messiaen's work. "A treasure chest of great music and fine music-making." -Gramophone

This 18-CD set offers a comprehensive overview of Messiaen's work in recordings made between 1963 and 2000. The performers include the composer himself, his wife Yvonne Loriod, Pierre Boulez, and other champions of Messiaen's work. A bonus CD is devoted to an interview with Messiaen recorded in 1988 in which he discusses bird-song, travel, faith and the avant garde. The 149-page booklet includes an English translation of this interview as well as the composer's detailed commentary on his work.



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>Messiaen, Olivier : Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (6), for piano, I/54
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Messiaen, Olivier : Preludes (8) for Piano
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>Messiaen, Olivier : Études de rhythme (4), for piano solo, I/32-35
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1950

>Messiaen, Olivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
  • Performer: Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Messiaen, Olivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
  • Performer: Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1960

>Messiaen, Olivier : Apparition de l'église éternelle, for organ, I/8
  • Performer: Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Messiaen, Olivier : Poèmes pour Mi, song cycle for soprano & piano (or orchestra), I/17b
  • Performers: Yvonne Loriod (Piano); Maria Oran (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Messiaen, Olivier : Chants de terre et de ciel
  • Performers: Maria Oran (Soprano); Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Messiaen, Olivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps
  • Performers: Jacques Neilz (Cello); Huguette Fernandez (Violin); Marie-Madeleine Petit (Piano); Guy Deplus (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940-1941

>Messiaen, Olivier : Cinq Rechants
  • Performers: Marcelle Legendre (Soprano); Roger Cotton; Charley Guigui (Soprano); Mario Haniotis (Soprano); Nicole Robin (Soprano); Jean-Claude LeMee (Soprano); Regis Oudot (Tenor); Gisele Prevet; Rene Chauvaut (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marcel Couraud
  • Running Time: 16 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1948

>Messiaen, Olivier : Visions de l'amen
  • Performers: Katia Labèque (Piano); Marielle Labèque (Piano)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Messiaen, Olivier : Les Offrandes oubliées, méditations symphoniques, for orchestra (also a piano reduction), I/5a,b
  • Conductor: Marius Constant
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Messiaen, Olivier : Hymne au Saint-Sacrement
  • Conductor: Marius Constant
  • Running Time: 13 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1947

>Messiaen, Olivier : Regards (20) sur l'Enfant-Jésus, for piano, I/27
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 116 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Messiaen, Olivier : Harawi
  • Performers: Rachel Vocals] (Soprano); Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 54 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Messiaen, Olivier : Turangalîla-symphonie, for piano, ondes martenot & orchestra, I/29
  • Performers: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano); Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano); Dominique Kim (Ondes Martenot)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Running Time: 72 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1948-1990

>Messiaen, Olivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 160 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1958

>Messiaen, Olivier : La fauvette des jardins
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1970

>Messiaen, Olivier : Réveil des oiseaux, for piano & orchestra, I/40
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Messiaen, Olivier : Couleurs de la cité céleste, for piano, 13 winds & 6 percussion, I/46
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Groupe Instrumental a Percussion de Strasbourg
  • Running Time: 17 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1963

>Messiaen, Olivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Groupe Instrumental a Percussion de Strasbourg
  • Running Time: 29 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963-1964

>Messiaen, Olivier : L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a
  • Conductor: Marius Constant
  • Running Time: 25 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Messiaen, Olivier : Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, for women's chorus, piano, ondes martenot, percussion
  • Performers: Yvonne Loriod (Piano); Jeanne Loriod (Ondes Martenot)
  • Conductor: Marcel Couraud
  • Running Time: 37 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1943-1944

>Messiaen, Olivier : Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité, for organ, I/49
  • Performer: Olivier Messiaen (Organ)
  • Running Time: 75 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Messiaen, Olivier : Des canyons aux étoiles..., for piano, horn, xylorimba, glockenspiel & orchestra, I/51
  • Performers: Alain Jacquet (Xylorimba); Francois Dupin (Glockenspiel); Yvonne Loriod (Piano); Georges Barboteu (Horn)
  • Conductor: Marius Constant
  • Ensemble: ORTF Ensemble "Ars Nova"
  • Notes: Composition written: 1971-74.
  • Running Time: 98 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971-1974

>Messiaen, Olivier : Sept haïkaï, for piano, 13 winds, 6 percussion & 8 violins, I/45
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marius Constant
  • Ensemble: ORTF Ensemble "Ars Nova"
  • Notes: Composition written: 1962.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Sound, Recorded : Olivier Messiaen :: Entretien avec Claude Samuel ( interviewed by Claude Samuel (in Fr
  • Running Time: 58 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary