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.
Les offrandes oubliees
Chants de terre et de ciel (excerpts)
Dieu parmi nous (La Nativite du Seigneur)
Donald Macleod and biographer Nigel Simeone look at Messiaen's life and career in Paris.
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
Orchestre du Domaine Musicale
Pierre Boulez (conductor)
Accord/Discovery 4801045 disc 6.
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)
la grive des bois (des canyons aux etoiles)
la chouette hulotte; l'alouette lulu (catalogue d'oiseaux)
et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
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)
petites esquisses d'oiseaux
eclairs sur l'au-dela (excerpts)