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Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum / Boulez

Album Summary

>Messiaen, Olivier : Chronochromie
>Messiaen, Olivier : La ville d'en haut
>Messiaen, Olivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Stunning...If there is a more impressive disc of twentieth-century music released this year, I shall be most surprised." -Classic CD"...Boulez delivers the musical content like no other before him: his meshing of tempos and control of ensemble is amazing, helped of course by the prowess and familiar cool, crystalline elegance of the Cleveland Orchestra..." -American Record Guide

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Boulez has spoken of his pleasure at performing Messiaen with an orchestra relatively unfamiliar with his music. It sounds as though the Cleveland Orchestra must have enjoyed it too. You would expect them to, perhaps, in such a passage as that in the fourth movement of Et exspecto, where the two superimposed plainchant melodies return together with the noble 'theme of the depths' - it has great splendour, as does the chorale melody of the finale, rising at the end to a satisfyingly palpable fffff. And in this performance of Chronochromie you can hear why Messiaen said that certain pages of it were a double homage to Berlioz and Pierre Schaeffer, the French pioneer of electronic music. In the work's penultimate section, the famous 'Epode' in which 18 string players impersonate different birds, the obvious problems of clarity and precistion are expertly negotiated: the players really seem to enjoy their dawn chorus.

Absoluterhythmic precision and the clarity of colour that comes from meticulous balance are among the other pleasures of these performances.

They make a most satisfying coupling, too. The recordings are excellent: clean but not clinical and ample in range.



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Works Details

>Messiaen, Olivier : Chronochromie
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959-1960

>Messiaen, Olivier : La ville d'en haut
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra members
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Messiaen, Olivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra members
  • Running Time: 23 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963-1964