Olivier Messiaen

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01Birth *20081201

Donald Macleod and biographer Nigel Simeone explore early influences on Messiaen.

Donald Macleod and biographer Nigel Simeone explore Messiaen's life and work, focusing on the early influences on the composer, including the volume of poetry his mother wrote while she was pregnant with him and the joys of family life.

3 Melodies
Michele Command (soprano)
Marie-Madeleine Petit (piano)
EMI CMS 7 64092 2 CD1 - Trs 1-3

Les offrandes oubliees
Orchestre de l'Opera Bastille
Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)
DG 445 947-2 - Tr 5

Chants de terre et de ciel (excerpts)
Jane Manning (soprano)
David Mason (piano)
Unicorn-Kanchana UKCD2085 - Trs 10-13

Dieu parmi nous (La Nativite du Seigneur)
Naji Hakim (organ)
EMI 5 72272 2 - Tr 7.

02Paris *20081202

Donald Macleod and biographer Nigel Simeone look at Messiaen's life and career in Paris.

03*20081203

Donald Macleod explores the works making up Messiaen's Tristan trilogy, including his Turangalila-symphonie, and his gifted student Yvonne Loriod's increasing importance to him in the 1950s.

Bonjour toi, colombe verte (Harawi)

Lucy Shelton (soprano)

John Constable (piano)

Koch 3-7292-2 H1 - Tr 2

Jardin du sommeil d'amour (Turangalila)

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

Takashi Harada (ondes martenot)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

Decca 436 626-2 - Tr 6

Mon bouquet tout defait rayonne (Cinq Rechants)

London Sinfonietta Voices

Terry Edwards (conductor)

Virgin Classics VC 7 91472-2 - Tr 7

Le baiser de l'enfant-Jesus (Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jesus)

Yvonne Loriod (piano)

ERATO 4509-96222-2 CD 2- Tr 4

Sept Haikai

Orchestre du Domaine Musicale

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Accord/Discovery 4801045 disc 6.

04*20081204

Donald Macleod and biographer Nigel Simeone explore nature in Messiaen's music.

Donald Macleod and Messiaen biographer Nigel Simeone explore nature in Messiaen's music, given the significant presence in it of birdsong and the inspiration it derives from landscape.

La Colombe (8 Preludes)

  • arte nova 82876 57833 2 - tr 1

    la grive des bois (des canyons aux etoiles)

  • cleveland orchestra
  • dg 445 827-2 - ts 9-13
  • dg 471 617-2 cd 2 - tr 3

    la chouette hulotte; l'alouette lulu (catalogue d'oiseaux)

  • erato ecd71590 - trs 5-6

    et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

  • francis petit (xylorimba)
  • jean-jacques justafre (horn)
  • martin zehn (piano)
  • myung-whun chung (conductor)
  • orchestre philharmonique de radio france
  • pierre boulez (conductor)
  • renaud muzzolini (glockenspiel)
  • roger muraro (piano)
  • yvonne loriod (piano)

  • 05 LASTLegacy20081205

    Donald Macleod and biographer Nigel Simeone explore Messiaen's final works and his legacy.

    Donald Macleod and biographer Nigel Simeone explore Messiaen's final works, written after he had completed what he thought would be his final work - his huge opera based on the life of St Francis of Assisi.

    La resurrection du Christ (Livre du Saint Sacrament)

  • dg 439 929-2 - trs 9-11

    un sourire

  • jennifer bate (organ)
  • marek janowski (conductor)
  • myung-whun chung (conductor)
  • orchestre de l'opera bastille
  • orchestre philharmonique de radio france
  • peter hill (piano)
  • rca 09026615202 - tr 1
  • unicorn-kanchana dkpcd 9067-8 cd1 - tr 10

    petites esquisses d'oiseaux

  • unicorn-kanchana dkpcd 9144 - trs 4-9

    eclairs sur l'au-dela (excerpts)