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Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)

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Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)

Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 201 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0825646011360 | Time: 01:01:36

Their Warner Classics debut makes clear that Christina & Michelle Naughton show great imagination in their programming: Messiaen's mystical and epic Visions de l'Amen, composed during World War II, appears alongside John Adams' boisterous and percussive Hallelujah Junction, inspired by a truck stop on the border of Nevada and California. The CD is completed with J.S. Bach's serenely moving Gotttes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, in an arrangement by the contemporary Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag.

Patrick Gallois, Lydia Wong - French Flute Music: Poulenc, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Jolivet, Boulez, Sancan (2005)

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Patrick Gallois, Lydia Wong - French Flute Music: Poulenc, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Jolivet, Boulez, Sancan (2005)

French Flute Music: Poulenc, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Jolivet, Boulez, Sancan (2005)
Patrick Gallois, flute; Lydia Wong, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 214 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557328 | Time: 00:59:33

Since the end of the seventeenth century French composers have shown a particular skill and deftness of touch in writing for the flute. The instrument owes much of its prominence in French music of the twentieth century to the use made of it in orchestral colouring by composers such as Debussy and Ravel, as well as to a group of highly gifted players associated in one way or another with the Paris Conservatoire. They include the soloist on this recording, Patrick Gallois, a pupil of Jean-Pierre Rampal. This collection of works composed during the last sixty years ranges from Poulenc’s Sonata, marked by rhythmic vitality and a delicate vein of sentimentality, Messiaen’s Le merle noir, inspired by bird song, to Boulez’s Sonatine, which the composer himself has characterised as ‘organised delirium’.

Kent Nagano - Messiaen: La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ; Poèmes pour Mi; Chronochromie (2021)

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Kent Nagano - Messiaen: La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ; Poèmes pour Mi; Chronochromie (2021)

Kent Nagano, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Messiaen: La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ; Poèmes pour Mi; Chronochromie (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 594 Mb | Total time: 145:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BR Klassik | # 900203 | Recorded: 2017-2019

Few performers are more familiar with the musical language of the French composer Olivier Messiaen than the American conductor Kent Nagano. Nagano has had Messiaen's orchestral works and oratorios in his programme for several decades now, and he also participated in the world premiere of 'Saint François d'Assise', Messiaen's only opera. During the year 1982 Nagano spent his time with Messiaen in Paris, where not only an artistic relationship but also a close personal one developed between the two musicians.

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

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Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set
with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
J.S. Bach, William Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Henri Duparc
P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Edward Elgar
Cezar Franck, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.85 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 145-2 | Time: 06:14:01

This fabulous five disc set is replete with some of those old Stokowski warhorses all recorded in absolutely mind boggling Phase 4 sound, overblown perhaps but astounding for its time. Decca's remastering is absolutely magnificent and the discs are jam packed with almost six hours of music. This is another fine memorial to a great conductor who remained astonishingly vital until the very end of his life.

Michael Bonaventure - Olivier Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement (2008) 2 CDs

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Michael Bonaventure - Olivier Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement (2008) 2 CDs

Michael Bonaventure - Olivier Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement (2008) 2 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 463 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 276 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Organ | Label: Delphian Records | # DCD34076 | Time: 01:57:05

The seeds for Messiaen's final organ work were sown during an inspirational trip to Israel in 1984. Over the course of the next twelve months, Messiaen found improvisation leading him back to composition after the exhausting labours that had produced his mighty opera Saint François d'Assise.The Livre du Saint Sacrement became Messiaen's grand farewell to his own instrument, and Michael Bonaventure performs it from memory here on the Rieger organ at St Giles' Cathedral, the true acoustic of which preserves the clarity of Messiaen's lines.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set
Debussy, Ravel, Boulez, Berg, Ives, Messiaen, Ligeti, Carter, Beethoven, Liszt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.2 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 973 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 66044-8 | Time: 07:03:59

Released between 1991 and 2005, the selections in The Warner Recordings encapsulate the period when Pierre-Laurent Aimard was signed to Erato and Teldec, performing mostly 20th-century fare and some music from the 19th century. Aimard is famous for his contributions to the modernist catalog, and his performances of works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen are regarded as scrupulously executed and authoritatively interpreted. Aimard also recorded early 20th century pieces by Charles Ives, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy, as well as Romantic masterpieces of Beethoven and Liszt. A pianist's pianist, Aimard is well-rounded in his repertoire and a true master of keyboard technique, yet he has received considerably less fanfare than many of his flashier colleagues. Yet connoisseurs of piano recordings know that Aimard is indispensible, especially for his special feeling for French music, and his recordings are important documents that serious students and newcomers should appreciate.

Alberto Rosado - Musica Ricercata: Gyorgy Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu, John Cage (2001)

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Alberto Rosado - Musica Ricercata: Gyorgy Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu, John Cage (2001)

Alberto Rosado - Musica Ricercata (2001)
works by György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu, John Cage

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 261 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Verso | # VRS 2006 | Time: 01:17:06

Alberto Rosado showcases some of the most significant modern composers in this well-considered programme. Inevitably he’s up against fierce competition, not least Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recordings of both Ligeti’s Ricercata (included on the disc which received Gramophone’s Contemporary Award in 1997) and the complete Vingt Regards.

Kathryn Stott - Solitaires: Piano Works by Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, Jehan Alain, Henri Dutilleux (2015)

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Kathryn Stott - Solitaires: Piano Works by Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, Jehan Alain, Henri Dutilleux (2015)

Kathryn Stott - Solitaires: Piano Works by Ravel, Messiaen, Alain, Dutilleux (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Artwork 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. Better still is the sound, recorded at Hallé St. Peters in Manchester: it creates a hypnotic effect all its own.

Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton - Chère Nuit (2021)

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Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton - Chère Nuit (2021)

Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton - Chère Nuit (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 80:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos Records | # CHAN 20222 | Recorded: 2020

The acclaimed British soprano Louise Alder returns for her second recital on Chandos, joined once again by star pianist Joseph Middleton. Enthusiastic praise was widespread for her Chandos début, Lines Written during a Sleepless Night: The Russian Connection, which earned significant accolades in the USA and continental Europe in addition to the UK. For this recording the pair explore a rich and varied selection of French songs from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Louse Alder writes: 'I have always held French song very dear to my heart and when we settled on this wildly varied programme, I quickly grew excited at the prospect of exploring the art form in virtually all its styles. From Ravel to Yvain, I hope we paint pictures of a French evening, of mystery, intrigue, discovery, seduction, love, and blissful night.'

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - France: Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Jolivet, Messiaen, Aperghis (2018)

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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - France: Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Jolivet, Messiaen, Aperghis (2018)

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - France: Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Jolivet, Messiaen, Aperghis (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 70:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # SWR19065CD | Recorded: 2005-2017

French intellectuals, especially musicians and writers, were enchanted by the magic of Richard Wagner's music, but they earnestly wanted to pursue new ideas for what might follow. They believed that music and art should be free from 'German elements' and they consequently wanted to establish a decidedly contrasting, French style of music. It was for this reason that Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns set up the Societé Nationale de Musique in 1871, tasking it with supporting new French compositions. Successive composers were fascinated by new developments in the great French music tradition and experimented with modal alternatives and aspects of counterpoint. Compositional clarity was expected to express the simple but poetic relationship between music and text, drawing on graceful melodic lines and a Renaissance-like serenity of expression.

Shura Cherkassky plays Cesar Franck, Edvard Grieg, Olivier Messiaen, Sergei Rachmaninov (1987)

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Shura Cherkassky plays Cesar Franck, Edvard Grieg, Olivier Messiaen, Sergei Rachmaninov (1987)

Shura Cherkassky plays Cesar Franck, Edvard Grieg, Olivier Messiaen, Sergei Rachmaninov (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nimbus | # NI 5090 | Time: 01:01:51

This is the first of two selections displaying the variety and panache of typical Cherkassky programme. The artist embraces renowned keyboard classics such as Franck's Prelude, Chorale and Fugue and Grieg's Sonata in E minor, Op. 7, with same technical prowess and abandon as he applies to modern masterpieces such as Messiaen's Ile de feu.

Ralph van Raat, Hakon Austbo - Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)

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Ralph van Raat, Hakon Austbo - Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)

Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)
Ralph van Raat (piano), Håkon Austbø (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572472 | Time: 01:02:38

Both the works on this recording were written during wartime. Debussy’s 1915 En blanc et noir, composed during a late creative burst, is his musical response to the horrors of World War I. Messiaen’s revolutionary Visions de l’Amen from 1943, written to be performed by the composer and his teenage pupil, Yvonne Loriod, is a profound religious meditation whose emotional intensity is overwhelming. The role of the two pianos is clearly divided. Melodic and expressive elements are confined to the second piano, Messiaen’s part, whereas all that is percussion, brilliance and rhythmic development is heard in the first piano, Loriod’s part.

Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

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Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

Europäische Chormusik - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set
Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 942 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics | # 825646261505 | Time: 06:49:27

The great recordings of the "Nordic choral marvel": Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson was one of the true legends in his field. When he died in 2013 at the age of 94, he had spent decades working to place his two Stockholm choirs among the international musical elite. His recordings from the 1970's enjoy real cult status – unique interpretations of a cappella works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, from Gesualdo to Penderecki, released here for the first time in a single box.

Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich - Messiaen: L'Ascension, Le Tombeau resplendissant, Les Offrandes oubliées (2019)

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Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich  - Messiaen: L'Ascension, Le Tombeau resplendissant, Les Offrandes oubliées (2019)

Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich - Messiaen: L'Ascension, Le Tombeau resplendissant, Les Offrandes oubliées, Un Sourire (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 64:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA548 | Recorded: 2019

Paavo Järvi inaugurates his new contract as conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich with a programme devoted to Messiaen. Alpha Classics will accompany this extremely promising combination: ‘I’ve always admired French music very much. (…) I think Messiaen is the most original voice, someone absolutely unique. You need only listen for three seconds to a work by Messiaen to be sure that it is by him. His style is so clear, so unmistakable. In his two early works Les Offrandes oubliées and Le Tombeau resplendissant, religion and mysticism play an important role. If you listen carefully, you will notice how a harmony is continually transformed, so that you can never predict what sound will come next. But Messiaen’s harmonic language is not experimental: it produces an inevitable meaning, and you get the feeling that the chord sequence can be that way and no other.Music is a language of its own; music begins where words leave off.’

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Takashi Harada, Royal Concertgebouw, Riccardo Chailly - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie (1993)

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Takashi Harada, Royal Concertgebouw, Riccardo Chailly - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie (1993)

Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie (1993)
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; Takashi Harada, ondes martenot
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans ~ 44 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 436 626-2 | Time: 01:16:36

Along with Wit's Naxos recording, this is one of the best versions of Messiaen's phantasmagoric Turangalîla-Symphonie available, and it's very different: swifter, more obviously virtuosic in concept, perhaps a touch less warm in consequence, and engineered with greater “in your face” immediacy. The playing of the Concertgebouw, always a wonderful Messiaen orchestra, is stunning throughout. Chailly revels in the music's weirdness. The Ondes Martinot, for example, is particularly well captured. It's interesting how earlier performances tended to minimize its presence, perhaps for fear that is would sound silly, which of course it does, redeemed by the composer's utter seriousness and obliviousness to anything that smacks of humor. In any case, it's not all noise and bluster. The Garden of Love's Sleep is gorgeous, hypnotic, but happily still flowing, while the three Turangalîla rhythmic studies have remarkable clarity. Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays the solo piano part magnificently, really as well as anyone else ever has.