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Messiaen Edition

Album Summary

>MessiaenOlivier : Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (6), for piano, I/54
>MessiaenOlivier : Preludes (8) for piano, I/2
>MessiaenOlivier : Études de rhythme (4), for piano solo, I/32-35
>MessiaenOlivier : La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
>MessiaenOlivier : Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
>MessiaenOlivier : Apparition de l'église éternelle, for organ, I/8
>MessiaenOlivier : Poèmes pour Mi, song cycle for soprano & piano (or orchestra), I/17b
>MessiaenOlivier : Chants de terre et de ciel, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/19
>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22
>MessiaenOlivier : Cinq rechants, for 12 voices, I/31
>MessiaenOlivier : Visions de l'Amen for 2 pianos, I/25
>MessiaenOlivier : Les Offrandes oubliées, méditations symphoniques, for orchestra (also a piano reduction), I/5a,b
>MessiaenOlivier : Hymne (au Saint Sacrement), for orchestra, I/9
>MessiaenOlivier : Regards (20) sur l'Enfant-Jésus, for piano, I/27
>MessiaenOlivier : Harawi, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/28
>MessiaenOlivier : Turangalîla-symphonie, for piano, ondes martenot & orchestra, I/29
>MessiaenOlivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux (in 7 books), for piano, I/42
>MessiaenOlivier : La Fauvette des jardins, for piano, I/50
>MessiaenOlivier : Réveil des oiseaux, for piano & orchestra, I/40
>MessiaenOlivier : Couleurs de la cité céleste, for piano, 13 winds & 6 percussion, I/46
>MessiaenOlivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 winds & 3 percussion, I/47
>MessiaenOlivier : L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a
>MessiaenOlivier : Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, for women's chorus, piano, ondes martenot, percussion
>MessiaenOlivier : Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité, for organ, I/49
>MessiaenOlivier : Des canyons aux étoiles..., for piano, horn, xylorimba, glockenspiel & orchestra, I/51
>MessiaenOlivier : 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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>MessiaenOlivier : Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (6), for piano, I/54
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>MessiaenOlivier : Preludes (8) for piano, I/2
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

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

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

>MessiaenOlivier : Chants de terre et de ciel, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/19
  • Performers: Yvonne Loriod (Piano); Maria Oran (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22
  • Performers: Marie-Madeleine Petit (Piano); Jacques Neilz (Cello); Huguette Fernandez (Violin); Guy Deplus (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940-1941

>MessiaenOlivier : Cinq rechants, for 12 voices, I/31
  • Performers: Gisele Prevet; Mario Haniotis (Soprano); Marcelle Legendre (Soprano); Regis Oudot (Tenor); Charley Guigui (Soprano); Roger Cotton; Nicole Robin (Soprano); Jean-Claude LeMee (Soprano); Rene Chauvaut (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marcel Couraud
  • Running Time: 16 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1948

>MessiaenOlivier : Visions de l'Amen for 2 pianos, I/25
  • Performers: Katia Labèque (Piano); Marielle Labèque (Piano)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

>MessiaenOlivier : Hymne (au Saint Sacrement), for orchestra, I/9
  • Conductor: Marius Constant
  • Running Time: 13 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1947

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

>MessiaenOlivier : Harawi, song cycle for soprano & piano, I/28
  • Performers: Rachel Vocals] (Soprano); Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 54 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

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

>MessiaenOlivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux (in 7 books), for piano, I/42
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 160 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1958

>MessiaenOlivier : La Fauvette des jardins, for piano, I/50
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1970

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

>MessiaenOlivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 winds & 3 percussion, I/47
  • 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

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

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

>MessiaenOlivier : 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

>MessiaenOlivier : Des canyons aux étoiles..., for piano, horn, xylorimba, glockenspiel & orchestra, I/51
  • Performers: Yvonne Loriod (Piano); Francois Dupin (Glockenspiel); Alain Jacquet (Xylorimba); 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

>MessiaenOlivier : 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: Medieval