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The MESSIAEN FOUNDATION, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, instructed AIDA (Agence Iséroise de Diffusion Artistique) to develop the artistic project of the Maison Messiaen,
the composer's summer retreat in Petichet, France where he worked and listened to the birds singing, in the heart of a sensitive natural area in Matheysine. It will open on 1, 2 and 3 July.
There will be masterclasses and concerts (see concert listings below) spearheaded by pianist Roger Muraro who studied with Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod and spent many days at the house during Messiaen's lifetime.
!!!NEW BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS!!! See Bibliography
Forthcoming Concerts and Events
My heartfelt and sincere thanks go to Dennis Davis for his continued and tireless contribution to the 'forthcoming concerts and events' section.
For any previous year concert listing reference please email
***Messiaen world premiere at the BBC Proms 2015
thanks to Birmingham Conservatoire academic***
A global authority on the music of French composer Messiaen will see his realisation of an unperformed work receive its world premiere at the BBC Proms in August.
Christopher Dingle, Professor of Music at Birmingham Conservatoire, has devoted much of his professional career to studying Messiaen.
The new piece Un oiseau des arbres de Vie will most likely be the last mature orchestral work to emerge from the catalogue of one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. The composition was previously intended for Messiaen’s final completed orchestral work Éclairs sur l’Au-Delà… (1987-91) and contained his familiar signature ‘Bien’ indicating the movement was complete.
The movement lasts about four minutes and the material comes from Messiaen’s transcription of the song of the Tui, a New Zealand bird. A keen ornithologist, all of Messiaen’s music from the 1950s onwards includes birdsong, while much of his music expresses his Catholic faith.
Christopher Dingle’s research on the piece was supported by the French Music Research Hub at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, and he drew on over 20 years’ study of Messiaen’s oeuvre to fully realise the three-stave score.
He said: “From everything we know of Messiaen, it is almost certain that he would have used this movement in another work had he lived longer – it is too good a piece to discard. I am hugely excited about hearing the piece, and this is likely to be the last premiere of a complete mature orchestral movement by Messiaen.
“Birdsong was a fascination of his throughout his life, but he became more rigorous and scientific in his approach from the 1950s onwards. He filled many manuscript books with birdsong notations, and much of it was done in the field, but he also used recordings, working the birdsong into his compositions.
“His use of birdsong is much more sophisticated than any other composer in terms of the species he represented, the interpretation of song, and the notation. He regarded birds as God’s musicians, almost like angels.”
Un oiseau des arbres de Vie is a challenging piece. The orchestra is very large, the woodwind section including seven flutes and eight clarinets, while there is also plenty of tuned and unpitched percussion, and multiple changes of tempo.
Dingle added: “It’s fast and furious, with the song flying around the instruments and continually punctuated by a punchy gesture for the whole orchestra. I think it will be breath-taking for the audience and leave the conductor and orchestra breathless!”
The world premiere of Olivier Messiaen’s Un oiseau des arbres de Vie takes place on 7 August at the Royal Albert Hall
as part of the BBC Proms.
It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available afterwards for 30 days via bbc.co.uk/proms.
It will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Nicholas Collon.
Recitals of the Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen (1908-92) will take place in Arundel Catheadral during 2016 and 2017.
Messiaen’s organ works represent a major cornerstone of his output. Messiaen was an organist who sought to express his Catholic Faith, the source of his inspiration, through his music. This series of recitals at Arundel Cathedral by Robert Sholl presents Messiaen’s complete organ works both in concert and as devotional works. The works are therefore performed (with readings), around the religious festivals which inspired them.
Ascension 2016 (Friday May 6)
Prélude (ca. 1930) 10’
Monodie (1963) 5’
Diptyque (1930) 11’
L’Ascension (1933-34) with readings 25’
Pentecost 2016 (Friday 20 May)
Messe de la Pentecôte (1950) with readings 35’
Corpus Christi 2016 (Friday June 3)
Offrande au Saint Sacrament (ca. 1930) 5’
Le Banquet céleste (1928) 10’
Les Corp Glorieux (1939) with readings 50’
Dedication of a Church, 2016 (Friday 28 October)
Verset pour le fête de la Dédicace (1960) 8’
Livre d’Orgue (1951) with readings 40’
Apparition de l‘Eglise éternelle (1932) 10’
Christmas 2016: (Friday 16 December)
La Nativité du Seigneur (1935) with readings 70’
Trinity 2017 (Friday June 9, 2017)
Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité (1969) with readings 90’
Corpus Christi 2017 (Friday June 23)
Livre du Saint Sacrement (1984) 140’
The 25th anniversary of Messiaen's death.
5 January 2017(7.30pm), 7 (8pm), 8 (2pm) Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale/Ludovic Morlot Michael Brown, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine Benaroya Hall, Seattle, USA.
7 January 2017 (7.30pm),8 (5pm) Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich/Kent Nagano perform Eclairs sur l'Au-Dela. Tonhalle Zurich Grosser Saal. Switzerland.
11 - 12 January 20178.15pm and 15 11.00am NDR orchestra conduted by Thomas Hengelbrock, Thomas Bloch, Ondes Martenot perform 10th movement of the Turangalîla-Symphonie for inauguration of the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
(full concert and official speeches broadcasted live on the TV there from 6.30pm)
13 - 15January 2017 The International “Messiaen Days Görlitz-Zgorzelec” The main event is the performance of Olivier Messiaens (1908-1992) Quaret for the End of Time which is engulfed in a number of concerts and a diverse program during the festival.
The European Centre of Education and Culture MEETINGPOINT MUSIC MESSIAEN invites all festival guests to enjoy the concerts to Zgorzelec - the polish part of the twin city, whearas the sourrounding programme will lead the viewers around museums and other institutions in the city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec.
14 January 2017 6pm Tokyo Symphony Orchestra/Kazuyoshi Akiyama perform Les offrandes oubliees. Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
19 January 2017 7.30pm Ensemble Mirage. Quartet for the End of Time. St John's, Smith Square, London UK.
24 January 2017 7.30pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, pianos perform Visions de l'Amen. St John's, Smith Square, London, UK.
26 January 2017 (7pm), 28 (3pm) 2017 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo Roland Pontinen, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Konserthus, Stockholm, Sweden.
29 January 2017 7pm Basel Sinfonietta/Baldur Bronnimann Kirill Zwegintsow, piano, ondiste Bruno Perrault perform Turangalila Symphonie. Musical Theater, Basel
3 February 2017 7pm Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/Duncan Ward perform L'Ascension. Grand Auditorium, Philharmonie, Luxembourg.
4 February 2017 4pm Het Collectief perform Quatuor pour la fin du Temps. Salle Philharmonique, Liege Belgium.
13 February 2017 8pm Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Cond. Myung-Whun Chung perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Semperoper Dresden, Germany.
14 February 2017 8pm Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Cond. Myung-Whun Chung perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Semperoper Dresden, Germany.
15 February 2017 (1pm), 17 (7pm) Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Arvo Volmer perform Hymne au Saint Sacrament. Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia.
19 February 2017 11:00 Christian Schmitt, organ perform Offrande et Alleluia final from "Livre du Saint Sacrement". Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany.
20 February 2017 8pm Christian Schmitt, organ perform Offrande et Alleluia final from "Livre du Saint Sacrement". Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany
23 February 2017 (7.30pm), 24 & 25 (8.30pm), 26 (3.30pm), 28 (8.30pm), March 1 (8.30pm), 2 (7.30pm), 3 (8.30pm) Sextuor d'ondes Martenot du Conservatoire de Paris.Fete des belles eaux (choreographed by Saburo Teshigawara) Theatre National de Chaillot, Salle Jean Vilar, Paris, France.
24 February 2017 8pm Philharmoniches Orchester, Cond. Evan Christ perform Eclairs sur l´Au-Dela.... Staatstheater Cottbus. Germany
26 February 2017 7pm Hamburger Symphoniker, Cond. Robert Trevino perform Les offrandes oubliees. Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Germany.
26 February 2017 7pm Philharmoniches Orchester, Cond. Evan Christ perform Eclairs sur l´Au-Dela.... Staatstheater Cottbus. Germany
9 March 2017 6pm Helsingborg Symfonieorkester/Alexander Vedernikov perform Le tombeau resplendissant. Konserthus, Helsingborg, Sweden.
9 March 2017 8pm Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Choeur Britten, Jeune Choeur symphonique/Nicolas Chalvin, Thomas Bloch, Ondes Martenot perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine.
Auditorium orchestre national de Lyon, Lyon, France.
9-10 March 2017 8.30pm Christoph Eß- French horn, perform Appell interstellaire from Des canyons aux etoiles....Schweinfurt, Theater. Germany.
10 March 2017(11.15am), 11 (8pm) Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra/Karina Canellakis perform Hymne. Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee USA.
11 March 2017 8pm Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Choeur Britten, Jeune Choeur symphonique/Nicolas Chalvin Thomas Bloch, Ondes Martenot perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine.la Grange au Lac - Evian-Les-Bains and March 18 2017 8.30pm
12 March 2017 17:00 Christoph Eß- French horn, perform Appell interstellaire from Des canyons aux etoiles....Bamberg, Konzerthalle. Germany
18 March 2017 8pm Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Choeur Britten, Jeune Choeur symphonique/Nicolas Chalvin Thomas Bloch, Ondes Martenot perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine. Espace Malraux, Scene nationale, Chambery.
21 March 2017 7pm Hans-Ola Ericsson, organ, perform excerpts from "Meditation sur le Mystere de la Saint Trinite", "Livre d'orgue", "Livre du Saint Sacrement". Maison symphonique de Montreal, Canada.
21 March 2017 8pm Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Cond. Kent Nagano, Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano, Hans-Ola Ericsson organ, perform L'Ascension (Organ and Orchestra Versions) and Turangalila-Symphonie. Maison symphonique de Montreal, Canada.
22 March 2017 8pm Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Cond. Kent Nagano, Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano, Hans-Ola Ericsson organ, perform L'Ascension (Organ and Orchestra Versions) and Turangalila-Symphonie. Maison symphonique de Montreal, Canada.
22 March 2017 7pm Hans-Ola Ericsson, organ, perform excerpts from "Meditation sur le Mystere de la Saint Trinite","Livre du Saint Sacrement". Maison symphonique de Montreal, Canada.
22 March 2017& 23 2017 7pm, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Susanna Malkki Roger Muraro, piano, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie Konserttisali, Helsinki Finland.
26 March 2017 2.30 pm -The Maths and Music of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time Humphrey Davy Science & Music Lecture Messiaen's Maths -Quartet for the End of Time. Prof. Marcus du Sautoy and musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. Penwith College Penzance, Cornwall, UK.
31 March 2017 6pm Fergal Caulfield, organ Messe de la Pentecote. 8pm. RTE National Symphony Orchestra/Erik Nielsen Steven Osborne, piano, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, ondes Martenot Turangalila Symphonie. National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland.
19 - 23 April 2017 Organ Tour Paris 2017. Organ Viewings, recitals, lectures, course, international encounters.
Main subject "Louis Vierne, Charles-Marie Widor, Olivier Messiaen" Full details here.
23 April 2017 3pm National Orchestra of Belgium/Andrey Boreyko perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Henry Le Boeuf Hall, Brussels.
24 April 2017 7.30pm Stephen Farr, organ performs Les corps glorieux. Royal Festival Hall, London UK
27 April 2017 8pm Myung-Whun Chung piano, Robert Oberaigner clarinet, Matthias Wollong violin, Norbet Anger cello perform Quatuor pour le fin de Temps. Görlitz, Meetingpoint Music Messiaen, Germany.
27 April 2017 7.30pm Andrew Wan violin, Brain Manker cello, Todd Cope clarinet, Louise Besette piano perform Quatuor pour le fin de Temps, Chant dans le style de Mozart, La fauvette passerinette, Theme et variations. Maison symphonique de Montreal, Canada.
3 May 2017 2pm. Takashi Harada, Wakana Ichihashi, Tomomi Kubo, Hirofumi Tsubouchi, Akihiko Tamura, Motoko Oya, Ondes Martenot's perform Fete des belles eaux, Charpentier's quartets, Tristan Murail's Mach 2.5,Takashi Harada's Freeway, Mach-BAck, etc. The venue is Hamamatsu ACTCITY The Music Studio Hall, Shizuoka, Japan.
5 May 2017 8.15pm Maarten van Veen and Ralph van Raat, pianos perform Visions d'Amen. Jurriaanse Zaal, De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
7 May 2017 5pm Jorg Widmann, clarinet, Bart Vandenbogserde, violin, Matthias Ranft, cello, Tomoko Ogasawara, piano peform Quatuor pour la fin du temps.
Konzerthalle, Bamberg, Germany.
12 May 2017 8pm The United States Air Force Band/David Robertson Peter Henderson, piano Deborah O'Grady, visuals perform Des Canyons aux etoiles...
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC, USA
12 May 2017 6.30pm Giulio Mercati, organ performs La Nativite du Seigneur. Chiesa di S. Maria degli Angioli, Lugano, Switzerland.
20 May 2017 14:15 Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Christoph Eschenbach Conductor. Les offrandes oubliées. Concertgebouw: Main Hall, Concertgebouwplein 10, Amsterdam, 1071 LN, Netherlands.
21 May 2017 7.30pm RSO Wien/Cornelius Meister perform Un sourire. Konzerthaus, Vienna
24 May 2017 7.30pm BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo Steven Osborne, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot. L'Ascension; Turangalila Symphonie. Barbican Hall, London UK.
26 May 2017 12pm NedPhO-Koepel, 27 May and 29 May 8.15pm Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest/Andrey Boreyko perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
26 May 2017 7pm BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo Steven Osborne, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot L'Ascension; Turangalila Symphonie
. 5.45pm Pre-concert conversation with Sakari Oramo Symphony Hall, Birmingham
2 June 2017 (8pm),4 (3pm) 2017 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Christoph Konig perform Les offrandes oubliees. Joseph Mayerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore and 3 June 8pm Music Center, Strathmore.
9 June 2017 8.15pm Radio Filharmonisch Orkest/David Robertson perform L'Ascension. TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
10 June 2017 7.30pm Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir James MacMillan. performs Les Offrandes oubliees. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, UK
16 June 2017 8pm National Orchestra of Brussels/Andrey Boreyko USA. perform L'Ascension. Henry le Boeuf Hall, Brussels.
20 June 2017 7.30pm Solistes de l'Ensemble intercontemporain Le Merle noir. Wigmore Hall, London UK.
22 - 23 June 2017 8pm Symphonieorchester and Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Kent Nagano Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform La Transfiguration de Notre-Seigneur Jesus-Christ
Gasteig, Munich Germany.
7 July 2017 9pm Claudia Stein flute, Tamara Stefanovich piano perform Le merle noir, a Piece from Catalogue d'oiseaux. Gläsernes Foyer Schillertheater Berlin, Germany.
19 and 26 November 2017 and Saint François d'Assise
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling Orchestra: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
L'ange: to be announced later
Saint François: Vincent Le Texier (Baritone)
Le lépreux: Peter Bronder (Tenor)
Frère Léon: Philippe Sly (Baritone)
Frère Massée: Ed Lyon (Tenor)
Frère Élie: Jean-Noël Briend (Tenor)
Frère Bernard: Hidekazu Tsumaya (Bass)
Frère Sylvestre: Zhong Hao (Bass)
Frère Rufin: Shigeru Hatakeyama (Bass)
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus, Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble (Chorusmaster: Kyohei Tomihira)
Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
23 November 2017 Saint François d'Assise
Biwako Hall, Shiga, Japan More details here.
Des Canyons Aux Etoiles Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Allen Gilbert. Release date 23 Sept. 2016, 2CDs
Number of Discs: 2 Label: eOne Music ASIN: B01HNFVZZS
Turangalîla Symphonie. Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester. Hans Rosbaud cond. Yvonne Loriod, piano Jeanne Loriod Ondes Martenot.
Live recording from the Musikhalle, Hambourg on 28th April 1958. Forgotten Records fr1219.
80 years of the Orchestre National de France 8CD Box set. Conductors: Andre Cluytens, Georges Pretre, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Eugene Ormandy, Ozawa et al. Composers: Various but includes the first broadcast of Sept Haikai from the Besancon Festival on 15/9/66 by the orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa with Yvonne Loriod. Label: Radio France ASIN: B00SZ0ONZ0.:4 May 2015
Trois petites liturgies de la Présence divine, O sacrum convivium! Cinq Rechants. Conductor Marcus Creed The Danish National Concert Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble and The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Marianna Shirinyan (Piano) and Thomas Bloch (ondes Martenot) April 2015 Our Recordings, Catalogue No: 6.220612 UPC: 747313161263.
Le Chant des Ondes. Caroline Martel dir. Format : DVD PAL 96 minutes. Integrating direct cinema, unpublished archives and colorful musical repertoire, the film continues the unfinished dream of the most sensitive electronic musical instruments: the Ondes Martenot in a circle of enthusiasts from France and Quebec who seek to question the mystery. Among them, the son of the inventor, Jean-Louis Martenot, Suzanne Binet-Audet, "The Jimi Hendrix of the Waves" and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. Release date: 20th February 2015.
The eagerly awaited recording of La Fauvette Passerinette by Peter Hill relased by Delphian DCD34141.
La Fauvette Passerinette – a Messiaen world premiere, with birds, homages and landscapes (Messiaen, Stockhausen, Ravel, Anderson, Dutilleux, Sculthorpe, Young, Takemitsu,Murail and Benjamin). see review Score published by Faber Music.
Jennifer Bate enjoys a unique reputation as a world authority on the French composer, Olivier Messiaen, and was his organist of choice. Unicorn-Kanchana recorded the complete organ works between 1979 and 1981, appearing subsequently on CD. Each volume was heard by Messiaen prior to its final editing; he endorsed every one with enormous enthusiasm. All won international acclaim. Her world première recording of his last masterpiece for organ, 'Livre du Saint Sacrement', had exceptional international success, winning a Grand Prix du Disque. Treasure Island are to be commended on the reissue of these classic recordings on the occasion of her 70th birthday, and are re-releasing all of Jennifer’s Unicorn and Unicorn-Kanchana recordings.Treasure Island Music CD - 6 discs, Scheduled for release on 29 September 2014.
LECTURE AT KYOTO – KONFERENZ VON KYOTO
(TEXTE ANGLAIS ET ALLEMAND) LEDUC AL 30473.
German translation by Almut Rößler. English translation by Timothy Tikker.
Historic recording Of Turanalîla Symphonie with Manuel Rosenthal, Yvonne and Jeanne Loriod recorded in January 1959. INA Archives available from Qobuz as download.
JOHN MORTON (1930 - 2014)
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of John Morton on the 10th of October 2014.
John was the foremost exponent and virtuoso of the Ondes Martenot in the UK. Taught by Jeanne Loriod,
he himself taught Cynthia Millar and gave guidance to many others.
John’s professional performances on the Ondes Martenot include a production of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1970, starring Mia Farrow and Michael Gambon, at the Royal Albert Hall, several performances of Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphonie with the likes of Norman Del Mar, Michel Beroff, Andrew Davis and Jan Latham Koenig and Trois Petite Liturgies de la Presence Divine with Robert Sherlaw Johnson and Nicholas Cleobury.
He has also performed the ‘Trois Turangalila’ movements under the direction of Pierre Boulez as part of a BBC Prom concert.
His work in TV, film and radio included ‘Flambards’ (David Fanshawe) and several advertising ‘jingles’, appearing on the BBC children's show Blue Peter and work with the American film composer Elmer Bernstein, with whom he exchanged Christmas cards.
As well as a fine musician, John worked extensively in theatre throughout his life as a set designer, director and actor, having appeared in a number of repertory companies throughout the UK.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, John worked as a freelance director for Opera North, and took charge of musicals for various amateur and semi-professional companies in the north-east of England. He also played a large part in reviving the fortunes of the Darlington Civic theatre, and was a driving force behind the restoration of the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
It is with much sadness that we report the death of Almut Rößler.
She died on 13th February aged 82.
Roessler graduated from the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland Music School (now a division of Robert Schumann University of Dusseldorf) and at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold. Her teachers have included Michael Schneider at the organ, Hans Richter Haaser at the piano, William Painter in composition and Kurt Thomas in conducting. Further studies followed in Paris with Gaston Litaize.
In 1967 she was the successor of Gerhard Schwarz at the St. John's Church in Dusseldorf, where she worked as a cantor and organist until 1997 and founded "Johanneskantorei". She assumed a teaching position in 1959 at the National School of Church Music and in 1977, was appointmented professor at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Dusseldorf.
Rössler has given concerts throughout Germany, most European countries, the USA, Japan, Korea and Canada performing in the Berlin Philharmonie, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Osaka Symphony Hall in Japan as well as in La Trinité (Paris). She did much to passionately promote the organ music of Messiaen and her recordings are landmarks. Rössler premiered many new works by composers such as André Jolivet, Johann Nepomuk David, Jürg Baur, Kei Kondo, Ernst Ludwig Leitner, Diether de la Motte, Dimitri Terzakis, Gislher Klebe (Concerto for Organ and Orchestra) and Ivana Loudová. Many of these organ works are dedicated to her.According to her writings, it was thanks to her that Messiaen decided to compose his huge organ work “Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité”. He gave the world premiere in the US but she gave the European premiere in Düsseldorf, in 1972; and, in 1973, the premiere on Messiaen’s organ at the Trinité, Paris. Later, in 1986, she gave the world premiere of " Livre du Saint Sacrement” in Detroit US, in front of a huge public of organists, and, in 1987, she gave the Paris premiere in the house of Radio-France at the organ of La Trinité.
Quartet for the End of Time / TetraGonist Olivier Messiaen / Sven Van De Voorde. Aliud Records ASIN: B00IV7LMX8.
Meditations Sur Le Mystere De La Sainte Trinite. Jon Gillock, organ The Church of the Ascension, New York City.
Raven Records ASIN : B00JWUNO2A
Cinq Réchants, O Sacrum Convivium with works by Valen, Berg and Webern by the Norwegian Soloists' Choir, cond.: Grete Pedersen: BIS 1970 SACD
Released on 24 Feb 2014 Gillian Weir recordings on the Royal Festival Hall organ 1966 2CDs. Le Banquet Celeste, Les Corps Glorieux, Apparition de l'Eglise Eternelle, Verset pour la fete de la Dedicace, L'Ascension (extracts). Decca Australian ASIN: B00HT88XMSEloquence
POUR MI. Liv Elise Nordskog, soprano and Signe Bakke, piano. Poemes pour Mi, Trois Melodies and L'Âme en Bourgeon by Claire Delbos. Release in UK 24th February, available now as download. LAWO Classics LWC 1051. www.lawo.no
DVD release of Turangalila Symphonie performed by Junge Deutsche Philharmonie conducted by Kristjan Järvi, TamaraStefanovich piano and Thomas Bloch Ondes Martenot. Live recording from Berlin Philharmonic Hall 2012. Available from the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie website.
Turangalila Symphonie : Lintu / Finnish RSO, A.Hewitt(P)Hartmann-Claverie(Ondes Martenot)(Hybrid) . Ondine ODE1251
Meditations sur le Mystére de la Sainte Trinité. Daniel Beilschmidt at the organ of Eglise de la Sainte Trinité, Paris. Genuin ASIN: B00BY0W3VY
Winfried Berger's recording of the complete organ works Messiaen! The seven CDs performed on five major organs in France and Germany recorded over a period of three years. 7 CDs in a slipcase with 48-page booklet. Neuerscheinungen CD 010820
Liszt & Messiaen – Piano Music BIS-CD-1803 | EAN 7318590018033
Franz Liszt: Sancta Dorothea, S. 187; St. François d’Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux, S. 175/1; Consolations, S. 172; Unstern! Sinistre, disastro, S. 208; St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots, S. 175/2
Olivier Messiaen: 6 Petites esquisses d’oiseaux (1985); Cantéyodjayâ (1949). Fredrik Ullén, piano
Turangalila Symphonie with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, Juanjo Mena, Steven Osborne, piano and Cynthia Millar, Ondes Martenot. Hyperion DISCID: 8312110A. Release date: August 2012.
Prisme: ‘Olivier Messiaen et les années `30’ Anton Doornhein, Hans van Gelder and Arjan Versluis Cavaille-Coll-organ - Ste Trinite - Paris 2 CD plus booklet featuring the organ works of Claire Delbos.
Purchase direct from D.E. Versluis at www.deversluis.nl
Presented here is a very special audiophile recording, originally recorded around 1959, of his famous composition "Poèmes pour Mi" - an early song cycle written in 1936, sung here by soprano Lise Arseguest with the composer at the piano. Newly remastered. Essential Media Group ASIN: B0050DOK08.
Piano Masterclass at The Royal Academy of Music, London
Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jesus (MMF 2-026)
Two releases from the excellent Prestare label headed by Jolanda Zwoferink.
Joanna MacGregor, Charlotte Riedijk, Madeleine Mitchell, Christopher Van Kampen, David Campbell
Perform: Harawi - Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus - Quartet for the End of Time
Label: SoundCircus , DDD
In January 2010, Naxos Issued a Digital Release of Paul Jacobs’s Recording of
Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement on iTunes
See and read full transcript (in French)of the anniversary Mass held in Avignon on 10th December 2008 with the homely read by P. JEAN-RODOLPHE KARS. The mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of Avignon, Mgr Jean-Pierre Cattenoz, in the church St Didier, where Messiaen was baptised, 15 days after his birth, on Christmas 1908. During the whole evening, Olivier Latry was at the organ. After the mass, two poems of Messiaen’s mother, Cécile Sauvage, were read, with improvisations at the organ. And finally, “La Nativité du Seigneur”, concluded this memorable celebration.
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Apparition of the Eternal Church ~ A film by Paul Festa.
MESSIAEN MAGNIFIED - Banquet pour O by C. Scott Tresham
Banquet pour O is one of the most unique tributes to the work of pre-eminent French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Banquet pour O is based on Messiaen’s own recording of Le Banquet céleste for organ, his first published composition. “I’ve carefully catalogued every duration of every note in that recording” says Tresham, “it’s not simply a case of saying all the quarter notes last this long, all the eighth notes are x number of seconds... many notes that look like they’re the same duration on the page are in fact completely different in Messiaen’s performance.” Each duration is then multiplied so that the entire performance (originally just over seven minutes long) will last 100 minutes. “I’m sure it will take [the audience] a while to adjust to this new level of slow, but once you do you enter a real contemplative state. There’s a whole universe to explore in each one of these sonorities. The experience can actually be euphoric.” Read more
The long awaited 1967 Supraphon recording of Oiseaux exotiques, Réveil des Oiseaux and La Bouscarle
with Yvonne Loriod, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Václav Neumann is released on CD
on the Denon Crest 1000 label COCO73019.
Messiaen's La Nativite du Seigneur with Jennifer Bate
This recording of Jennifer Bate, one of the foremost international organists of our day, playing Oliver Messaien’s La Nativité du Seigneur was made in the magnificent setting of Norwich Cathedral, when a capacity audience gave her virtuoso performance a prolonged ovation.
Messiaen’s religious works for the organ have been compared with those of Beethoven in their greatness for the solo instrument. La Nativité du Seigneur is no exception: its virtuosity embraces a magnificent cycle of nine meditations on the Christmas message.
Bate’s recordings of Messaien’s complete organ works have won international acclaim and many prestigious awards.
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus performed by Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir. Available direct from Anna.
|!!! DVD of Saint François d´Assise!!!
From OpusArte. CAT NO: OA1007D
FORMAT: All Formats
REGIONS: All Regions
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
SOUND: 5.0 DTS SURROUND / PCM STEREO
NO OF DISCS: 3
Messiaen's breathtakingly intense opera on the life of St Francis of Assisi stars Rod Gilfry as the charismatic visionary, beguiled by the glory of creation, yet fearful of both its imperfections and its transience. Pierre Audi's thoroughly engaging production for The Netherlands Opera brings out the naive imagery, the grandeur, and above all the vast tenderness of the resplendent score, revealed as a grandiose ritual with the meaning and purpose of life as its central theme. But the real drama of the work takes place in the orchestra. Elevated to stupendous heights by the sublimely inspired Ingo Metzmacher, The Hague Philharmonic and the Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera combine
forces with a brilliant cast to produce the finest possible musical pilgrimage. forces with a brilliant cast to produce the
finest possible musical pilgrimage.
The Angel: Camilla Tilling
Saint François: Rod Gilfry
The Leper: Hubert Delamboye
Frère Léon: Henk Neven
Frère Massée: Tom Randle
Frère Élie: Donald Kaasch
Frère Bernard: Armand Arapian
The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
Messiaen et autour de Messiaen, for Onde Martenot and Piano
Works by Olivier Messiaen, Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (1941), Feuillets inédits
Nadia Ratsimandresy - Ondes Martenot
DVD BRL9022 Label: Brilliant Classics
Organ works (2 DVD)
Willem Tanke (Marcussen Organ of the Saint Laurens Church, Rotterdam)
2008 was the centenary of Messiaen’s birth, and this 2 DVD set of a selection of his organ music is a superb introduction for those new to his music and an essential purchase for all organ aficionados. Messiaen wrote in many genres, chamber, orchestral, piano solo, and enriched greatly the organ repertoire of the 20th century. Although Debussy and Ravel influenced his earliest works, (orientalism and famously the songs of birds were life long influences and a source of fascination to him) Messiaen became a significant influence upon avant-garde composers such as Boulez and Stockhausen. You can sample Tanke’s approach to Messiaen, which is influenced by his study of Buddhist faith and philosophy, on YouTube (keywords: Tanke and Messiaen). The technology afforded by DVD allows the listener to view from several angles, including underneath the bench to see Messiaen’s ferociously mobile pedal parts at first feet, as it were. ( Brilliant Classics )
Tanke plays the Marcussen organ in St Laurens Church, Rotterdam
Tanke has recorded the complete organ works of Messiaen for Brilliant Classics on CD, recently reissued in time for Messiaen’s centenary
‘This new set by Willem Tanke is most certainly Messiaenic heaven to me, and has placed the music far closer to my heart than any of the previous sets. This recent release is as close to perfect as I think I will find’ The Organ
Tanke is a specialist in the organ works of Reger, JS Bach and Messiaen. He is also famous as an improviser and champion of contemporary Dutch music. He is a professor of theory and improvisation at Rotterdam Conservatoire
DVD 1 [53:08]
1. Reprises par interversion 6:47
2. Piece en trio 2:40
3. Les Mains de l'abime 9:35
4. Chants d'oiseaux 9:33
5. Piece en trio 8:36
6. Les Yeux dans les roues 1:54
7. Soixante-quatre durees 12:03
DVD 2 [51:12]
1. Adoro te (from: Livre du Saint Sacrement) 4:59
2. Entree (from: Messe de la Pentecote) 4:07
3. Meditation 3 (from: Meditations sur le mystere de la Sainte-Trinite) 4:09
4. Meditation 2 (from: Meditations sur le mystere de la Sainte-Trinite) 14:06
5. La Resurrection du Christ (from: Livre du Saint Sacrement) 6:23
6. Le Verbe (second part, from: La Nativite du Seigneur) 8:49
7. Les deux murailles d'eau (from: Livre du Saint Sacrement) 8:39
Bonus Track: Willem Tanke counting out loud:
8. Piece en trio, Soixante-quatre durees and Entree 18:56
16:9, PCM Stereo, NTSC, Region All
|First recording (European Premiere) of Turangalila Symphonie recorded at Aix-en-Provence Festival on 25th July 1950. Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Télévision Française. Yvinne Loriod piano, Ginette Martenot Ondes Martenot, Roger Dèsormiére conductor.
Part of a 6CD box set from INA Mémoire vive Aix-en-Provence (Festivals 1954-1957) IMV078
7 CD box from Accord
Visions De L'Amen ~ Cantéyodjayâ ~ Catalogue D'Oiseaux ~ Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps ~ Sept Haïkaï ~ Turangalîla-Symphonie ~ Oiseaux Exotiques ~ Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant Jésus
17 CD Box set ORGAN WORKS - PIANO WORKS - SONGS complete Willem Tanke, organ, St. Bavo's Cathedral, Haarlem Peter Hill, piano Ingrid Kappelle soprano Håkon Austbø piano. Brilliant Classics 8949 EAN Code: 5029365894920.
Signum Classics SIGCD126
NEW SERIES OF DOWNLOADABLE TALKS BY P. JEAN-RODOLPHE KARS
This transmission series, was recorded in 1997 for Radio Espérance. Although these talks are directed to listeners of a Catholic culture they also provide a valuable musicological resource from a man who has experienced Messiaen and his music at first hand.
The files are in MP3 format and available from Maison de l’Emmanuel
Full pdf list of the files here
REGARD DE L'ETOILE.
MESSIAEN EDITION II
|The Messiaen Edition - 100th Anniversary Set DECCA
Orchestral & Chamber Works, Song Cycle
Turangalîla-symphonie (1946-48) (76:36)
1. I Introduction
2. II Chant d’amour 1
3. III Turangalîla 1
4. IV Chant d’amour 2
5. V Joie du sang des étoiles
6. VI Jardin du sommeil d’amour
7. XII Turangalîla 2
8. VIII Développement de l’amour
9. IX Turangalîla 3
10. X Final
L’Ascension – Quatre méditations symphoniques pour orchestre (1932-33) (19:40)
1. I Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père (Très lent et majestueux.
2. II Alléluias sereins d’une âme qui désire le ciel (Bien modéré, clair.
3. III Alléluia sur la trompette, alléluia sur la cymbale (Vif et joyeux.
4. IV Prière du Christ montant vers son Père (Extrêmement lent, ému et solennel.
Cinq rechants (1948)
5. I Modéré - Presque vif
6. II Bien modéré
7. III Lent, caressant
8. IV Très vif
9. V Vif
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1964)
10. I Des profondeurs de l’abime. Je crie vers toi, Seigneur: Seigneur, écoute ma voix! (Psaume 130)
11. II Le Christ, resussité des morts, ne meurt plus; La mort n’a plus sur lui d’empire (Epitre aux Romains)
12. III L’heure vient ou les morts entendront la voix du Fils de Dieu (Jean)
13. IV Ils ressusiteront, glorieux, avec un nom nouveau dans le concert joyeux des étoiles et les acclamations des fils du ciel (Corinthiens, Apocalypse, Job)
14. V Et j’entendis la voix d’une foule immense (Apocalypse)
La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ (1965-69)
15. I Récit évangelique
16. II Configuratum corpori claritatis suae
17. III Christus Jesus, splendor Patris
1. IV Récit évangelique
2. V Quam dilecta tabernacula tua
3. VI Candor est lucis aeterna
4. VII Choral de la sainte montagne
5. VIII Récit évangelique
6. IX Perfecte conscius illius perfectae generationis
7. X Adoptionem filiorum perfectam
8. XI Récit évangélique
9. XII Terribilis est locus iste
10. XIII Tota trinitas apparuit
11. XIV Choral de la lumière de gloire
Poèmes pour Mi (1936, orch.1937)
1. Action de graces
3. La maison
6. Ta voix
7. Les deux guerriers
8. Le Collier
9. Prière exaucée
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps (1940-41)
10. I Liturgie de cristal
11. II Vocalise, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps
12. III Abime des oiseaux
13. IV Intermède
14. V Louange à l’Eternité de Jésus
15. VI Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes
16. VII Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps
17. VIII Louange à l’immortalité de Jésus
Chants de Terre et de ciel (1938)
1. I Bail avec Mi
2. II Antienne du silence
3. III Danse du bébé-Pilule
4. IV Arc-en-ciel d’innocence
5. V Minuit pile et face
6. VI Résurrection
Harawi (1945) (51:13)
7. I La ville qui dormait, toi
8. II Bonjour toi, colombe verte
9. III Montagnes
10. IV Doundou Tchil
11.V L’amour de Piroutcha
12. VI Repétition planétaire
13. VII Adieu
14. VIII Syllabes
15. IX L’escalier redit, gestes du soleil
16. X Amour oiseau d’étoile
17. XI Katchkatchi les étoiles
18. XII Dans le noir
Poèmes pour Mi (1936)
1. Action de graces
3. La maison
6. Ta voix
7. Les deux guerriers
8. Le collier
9. Prière exaucée
10. Rondeau (1943)
Visions de l’Amen (1943)
11. I Amen de la Création
12. II Amen des étoiles, de la planète à l’anneau
13. III Amen de l’Agonie de Jésus
14. IV Amen du désir
15. V Amen des Anges, des Saints, du chant des oiseaux
16. VI Amen du Jugement
17. VII Amen de la Consommation
Jean-Yves Thibaudet - piano
Yvonne Loriod - piano
Olli Mustonen - piano
Robert Sherlaw Johnson - piano
Paul Crossley - piano
John Ogdon - piano
Brenda Lucas - piano
Takashi Harada ondes martenot
Joshua Bell - violin
Janos Starker - cello
Steven Isserlis - cello
Michael Collins - clarinet
Felicity Palmer - soprano
Noelle Barker - soprano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.
BBC Symphony Orchestra
John Alldis Choir
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Decca 6cds 4780352
Complete Edition. DG 32cds
Apparition de l'Eglise éternelle
!!!LE DOMAINE MUSICAL!!!
Accord have re-released much of the old Vega recordings made by Le Domaine Musical under Pierre Boulez of 20th century works by Messiaen, Berio, Stockhausen, Boulez. Henze, Pousseur, Nono and more. These recording were made between 1956 and 1967.
Warner Classics 18 CD set that replaces and updates the original
This 18-CD set offers a comprehensive overview of Messiaens work in recordings made between 1963 and 2000 by the Warner labels Erato and Teldec. The performers include the composer himself, his wife the pianist Yvonne Loriod, Pierre Boulez, Marie-Claire Alain and other champions of Messiaens work.
As a tantalising and unique bonus, a full CD is devoted to an extensive interview with Messiaen recorded in 1988 in which he speaks, in French, about bird-song, colour, travel, religious faith, opera and the avant-garde. The richly illustrated 149-page booklet includes a full English translation of the interview as well as the composers detailed commentary about most of the works included in the set with booklet editor Fabian Watkinson supplying information about the remaining works.
Gramophone described the 80th Birthday Messiaen Edition released by Erato in 1988, on which the current edition is based, as a treasure chest of great music and fine music-making. see reviews
CD 1: Petites esquisses doiseaux (1985); Huit Préludes (1928-29);
Quatre études de rythme (1949-50)
Yvonne Loriod, piano
CD 2: La nativité du seigneur (1935) Le banquet céleste (1928);
Apparition de léglise éternelle (1932)
Marie-Claire Alain, organ
CD 3 : Poèmes pour Mi (1936); Chants de terre et de ciel (1938)
Maria Oràn, soprano · Yvonne Loriod, piano
CD 4 : Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1940-41)
Huguette Fernandez, violin · Guy Deplus, clarinet
Jacques Nielz, cello · Marie-Madeleine Petit, piano
Cinq rechants pour 12 parties vocales réelles (1948)
Solistes des churs de lORTF/Marcel Couraud
CD 5 : Visions de lAmen (1943)
Katia and Marièlle Labèque, pianos
Les offrandes oubliées (1930) Hymne au Saint-Sacrement (1932)
Orchestre philharmonique de lORTF/Marius Constant
CD 6 & 7 : Vingt Regards sur lenfant Jésus (1944)
Yvonne Loriod, piano
CD 8: Harawi, (Chants damour et de mort) (1945)
Rachel Yakar, soprano · Yvonne Loriod, piano
CD 9: Turangalîla-symphonie (194648) 1990 Revised Messiaen Edition
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Dominique Kim, ondes Martenot
Berliner Philharmoniker/Kent Nagano
CD 10, 11 & 12: Catalogue doiseaux (195658); La fauvette des jardins (1970)
Yvonne Loriod, piano
Réveil des oiseaux (1953)
Yvonne Loriod, piano; Orchestre National de France/Kent Nagano
CD 13 : Couleurs de la cité céleste (1963); Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1964)
Yvonne Loriod, piano; Groupe Instrumental à Percussion de Strasbourg;
Orchestre du Domaine Musical/Pierre Boulez
LAscension (193233) Quatre méditations symphoniques pour orchestre
Orchestre philharmonique de lORTF/Marius Constant
CD 14 : Trois petites liturgies sur la présence divine (194344)
Yvonne Loriod, piano; Jeanne Loriod, onde Martenot
Maîtrise et Orchestre de Chambre de la RTF/ Marcel Couraud
Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité (1969)
CD 15: Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité (1969) (contd.)
Olivier Messiaen, organ (Recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organ in La Trinité Church, Paris)
CD 16 & 17: Des canyons aux étoiles ... (197174)
Yvonne Loriod, piano · Georges Barboteu, horn _ Alain Jacquet, xylorimba ·
François Dupin, glockenspel _ Ensemble Ars Nova/Marius Constant
Sept Haïkaï (1962)
Yvonne Loriod, piano _ Ensemble Ars Nova/Marius Constant
CD 18: Olivier Messiaen interviewed by Claude Samuel (in French), 1988
First available recording of TIMBRES-DURÉES realised in 1952
see Audio/Visual resources
HYMNE DES PASSEREAUX AU LEVER DU JOUR
The first recording of this work. Also includes Abîme des Oiseaux and transcription of Subtilité des Corps Glorieux.
Aurelian-Octav Popa (clarinet) Caliope CAL 9354
|JOYCE HATTO 1928 – 2006
It has emerged that this recording of Vingt Regards is in fact the recording made by Paul Kim and not Joyce Hatto.
|FÉTES DES BELLES EAUX for 6 Ondes Martenots
with Takashi Harada playing all parts. Also presented on this fine CD is FUEILLETS INEDITS for Ondes and piano.
MARCEL DUPRÉ DVD
Messiaen joined Dupré's organ class in October 1927 at the Paris Conservatoire continuing and maintaining the great French improvisor/composer tradition that had gone before him.
Please email with any Messiaen concerts or events to be included on this page.