Messiaen

Steven Osborne, Martin Roscoe - Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen (2004)

Steven Osborne, Martin Roscoe - Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen (2004)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:00:39 | 184 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 67366

Steven Osborne continues his enthralling performances of Messiaen's piano works, with Martin Roscoe joining him for the two-piano Visions de l'Amen. The two of them are flawlessly matched in their strength, control, and range of expression, even though for much of the work the two piano parts are largely independent. They move together from twinkling, distant starlight passages to powerful, brilliant solar flare-like passages. Osborne and Roscoe, although painting large pictures in the seven movements, demand that attention be paid to the details in the music.
Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle - Messiaen: Éclairs sur l’au-del... (2004) [Official Digital Download 24/44.1]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle - Messiaen: Éclairs sur l’au-del… (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 60:14 minutes | 542 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Éclairs sur l'au-dela (Illuminations of the Beyond) was Messiaen's last work. It shares with his other large-scale orchestral pieces a sense of otherworldly grandeur, obsessively repeated rhythmic and melodic patterns, birdcalls, and a riot of orchestral color, among much else. Its eleven movements address different aspects of the title and, like virtually everything Messiaen wrote, could not be mistaken for any other composer.
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Christoph Eschenbach - Messiaen: Canyons Aux Etoiles (2015) [TR24][OF]

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Christoph Eschenbach - Messiaen: Canyons Aux Etoiles
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 100:51 min | 1.65 GB | Digital booklet
Label: LPO | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2015

Commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of the United States Declaration of Independence, Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles was inspired by the composer's tours around Utah's magnificent landscapes, including Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks, which so affected him with their beauty. This is no musical tourism however: the work takes the listener upwards, from the depths of the canyons, to the songs of birds, to outer space, and ultimately to the Celestial City.
Olivier Messiaen - Rudolf Innig - Livre du Saint Sacrament (1998, MDG "Gold" # 317 0623-2) [RE-UP]

Olivier Messiaen - Rudolf Innig - Livre du Saint Sacrament
2xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 430 MB | Full Artwork: 187 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 317 0623-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1998
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary, Organ

"…Each gesture, each interpretive nuance – and there are numerous reminders that Innig’s performance is personal and distinct – serves to enhance Messiaen’s faith. So one cannot escape the devout mystery and probity that Rudolf Innig brings in such full measure to the Livre du Saint Sacrement. This performance promises to invigorate the soul." (Fanfare)
Kathryn Stott - Solitaires: Ravel, Messiaen, Alain, Dutilleux (2015)

Kathryn Stott - Solitaires: Ravel, Messiaen, Alain, Dutilleux (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2148 | Time: 01:08:37

A solitaire in French is a single mounted jewel, a concept that seems less than apt for the rather hefty works recorded here by British pianist Kathryn Stott. But this fine recital holds together in another way: Ravel, who so often provides the temporal endpoint for traditional piano recitals, is here, to a greater or lesser extent, the launching point for the other three composers featured. Stott's reading of the neoclassical Le Tombeau de Couperin is beautifully precise and balanced, catching the economy of this Baroque-style suite to the hilt. That economy carries over into the later works, even the rarely performed Piano Sonata of Henri Dutilleux, a work that deftly fuses Ravel's sense of classical forms with a largely dissonant language. The opening Prelude and Fugue of Jehan Alain, actually two separate works that are reasonably enough combined here, is another seldom-played piece that makes an arresting curtain-raiser, and the final "Le baiser de l'Enfant Jésus" of Messiaen, part of the giant Vingt regards sur l'Enfant Jésus, is the splendid climax of the whole, its spiritual, dreamlike ascent at the end superbly controlled.
The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond by Sander Van Maas
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0823230570, 0823230589 | 224 pages | PDF | 1,2 MB

Olivier Messiaen: Journalism 1935–1939  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Nice_smile) at Aug. 19, 2015
Olivier Messiaen: Journalism 1935–1939

Olivier Messiaen: Journalism 1935–1939 by Stephen Broad
English | Apr. 2012 | ISBN: 075460876X | 169 Pages | PDF | 1.45 MB

One of the foremost composers of the twentieth century, Olivier Messiaen wrote widely on his music and on his beliefs.

Messiaen Perspectives 2: Techniques, Influence and Reception  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by interes at July 18, 2015
Messiaen Perspectives 2: Techniques, Influence and Reception

Messiaen Perspectives 2: Techniques, Influence and Reception by Christopher Dingle and Robert Fallon
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1409426963 | 441 pages | PDF | 4,6 MB

Messiaen Perspectives 1: Sources and Influences  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by interes at July 18, 2015
Messiaen Perspectives 1: Sources and Influences

Messiaen Perspectives 1: Sources and Influences by Christopher Dingle and Robert Fallon
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1409426955 | 368 pages | PDF | 4,4 MB

Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by interes at July 4, 2015
Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten

Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten by Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon
English | 2015 | ISBN: 022625559X | 176 pages | PDF | 1 MB