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The Olivier Messiaen Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, told the BNF all manuscripts, archives, scores, records, books, photographs and objects collected by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) and his wife Yvonne Loriod Messiaen (1924-2010), be held at the BNF forthwith.

Messiaen himself had already given some documents in the 50's and others had been filed by Yvonne Loriod Messiaen after 1992.
Nearly two hundred fifty linear meters of documents (manuscripts of his works, letters, books, photographs, sound recordings, programs) have now joined the departments of
Music and Audiovisual in the National Library of France.
The material will be gradually made available to researchers, musicians, music lovers worldwide.
Some pieces of furniture will join the house at Petichet above Lake Laffrey Isere.
Later in 2016 this house will become a venue for artists.



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.

Messiaen 2008
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
It will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Nicholas Collon.

Robert Scholl
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’


7 January 2016 8.30pm Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar de Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel Yuja Wang, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie.
Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, Spain.

9 January 2016 12 noon MESSIAEN IN DEPTH. Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, London, What You Need to Know: Messiaen's Turangalila. Speakers include Gillian Moore, Tom Service and Nigel Simeone ahead of the performance on Saturday 16 January.

10 January 2016 8pm Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel Yuja Wang, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot, Turangalila Symphonie. Grand Auditorium, Luxembourg.

10 January 2016 5pm James Thomas, organLa Nativite du Seigneur. St Edmundsbury Cathedral Bury St Edmunds. UK

14-15 January 2016 8pm hr-Sinfonieorchester/ Paavo Jarvi perform L'Ascension. AlteOper, Frankfurt, Germany.

16 January 2016 7.30pm Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel Yuja Wang, piano and Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.

16 January 2016 8pm Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson Deborah O'Grady, video artist (soloists tba) perform Des canyons aux etoiles.... Powell Hall, Saint Louis, USA.

24 January 2016 2pm RENGA/Steven Schick Aleck Karis, piano, Nicolee Kuester, horn perform Des Canyons aux etoiles... Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego USA

24 January 2016 20.00 Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel Yuja Wang, piano and Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie.Kolner Philharmonie, Germany.

2 February 2016 8pm St Louis Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson Peter Henderson, piano, Roger Kaza, horn Deborah O'Grady, production director and photographer, Seth Reiser, lighting and scenic designer, Adam Larsen, video consultant. Des canyons aux etoiles... Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA.

4 - 5 February 2016 8pm Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Kent Nagano perform Eclairs sur l'au-dela. Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany.

11 February 2016 19.30 Tenebrae cond. Nigel Short perform O sacrum convivium. Cadogan Hall, London, UK.

13 February 2016 14.15 Leo van Doeselaar performs Les deux murailles d'eau. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

14 February 2016 6pm Reto Staub, piano performs Catalogue d'Oiseaux. Museum am Dom, Trier Internationales Festival fur Aktuelle Klangkunstin Germany.

21 February 2016 8pm Jorg Widmann, clarinet, Carolin Widmann, violin, Alban Gerhardt, cello, Momo Kodama, piano. Quatuor pour la fin du temps Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany.

22 February 2016 19.30 Chillingirian Quartet perform Quartet for the End of Time. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, UK.

26 February 2016 and 27 (8pm) and 28 (4pm) Konzerthausorchester Berlin/Ivan Fischer Roger Muraro, piano, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, ondes Martenot. Turangalila Symphonie. Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany.

7 March 2016 7.30pm Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra New Music Group) perform Quartet for the End of Time. Village Hall, Burton Bradstock, UK

7 March 2016 7:30 p.m. NYP MESSIAEN WEEK CONTACT! AT NATIONAL SAWDUST: “THE MESSIAEN CONNECTION” Esa-Pekka Salonen, host and curator. Musicians from the New York Philharmonic perform Fantaisie for violin and piano Le Merle noir for flute and piano Mindy Kaufman, flute; Stephen Gosling§, piano. National Sawdust 80 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY USA.

7 March 2016 8.00 p.m. Jon Gillock performs Diptyque and Les Corps Glorieux. The Church of the Ascension, 5th Ave at 10th Street, NYC. USA.

9 March 2016 7:30 p.m. NYP MESSIAEN WEEK Eric Huebner, piano Cloches d’angoisse et larmes d’adieu, Selections from Vingts regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus XV. Le Baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus X. Regard de l’Esprit de joie. Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church NY USA.

9 - 11 - 12 March 2016 8pm Sydney Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform Des Canyons aux etoiles... Sydney Opera House Sydney, Australia.

10 March 2016 (7.30pm), 11 and 12 (8pm) 2016 NYP MESSIAEN WEEK New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen Yuja Wang, piano, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Avery Fisher Hall, New York, USA

10 March 2016 6.00pm A quartet of City Music Foundation artists will be performing Quartet for the End of Time. Joseph Shiner (clarinet), Michael Foyle (violin), Yelian He (cello), Maksim Stsura (violin. St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, London UK

11 - 12 March 2016 (7.30pm), 13 (5pm) Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich/Franz Welser-Most perform Chronochromie. Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland.

13 March 2016 2:00 p.m. NYP MESSIAEN WEEK Alan Gilbert, violin Carter Brey, cello Anthony McGill, clarinet Inon Barnatan, piano perform Quartet for the End of Time.The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur, New York, USA.

14 March 2016 7pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, Australia.

15 March 2016 8.30pm Etudiants du Conservatoire de Paris et du Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional de Boulougne-Billancourt perform Fete des belles eaux. Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris, France.

16 March 2016 7.30pm Tamara Stefanovich, piano performs Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (excerpts); Ile de feu 1 and 2; Canteyodjaya. Fundacion Juan March, Madrid, Spain.

16 March 2016 8pm Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra New Music Group) perform Quartet for the End of Time. Kings Place, London, UK

18 March 2016 8pm Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Mikko Franck, L'Ascension. Maison de la Radio, Paris, France.

20 March 2016 3pm Gunma Symphony Orchestra/Naoto Otomo Momo Kodama, piano, Takashi Harada, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Gunma Music Center, Takasaki City, Japan.

20 March 2016 5pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus. Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

23 March 2016 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Gustavo Dudamel with visuals by Deborah O'Grady perform Des canyons aux etoiles... Barbican Hall Barbican Centre, London, UK.

24 March 2016 7pm BBC Symphony Orchestra/Pierre-Andre Valade perform Les Offrandes oubliees. BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, UK

2 April 2016 8pm Louise Besette ,piano, perform Petites esquisses d'oiseaux, Piece from Catalogue d'oiseaux, Vingt Regard sur l'enfant Jesus. Maison de la musique, Quebec, Canada.

3 April 2016 17.00 David Finckel and Wu Han perform Louange à l'Éternite de Jésus. Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Centre, NYC, USA.

8 April 2016 13.00 Lunchtime Recital - Beau Pluto (piano) performs Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: Première communion de la Vierge.Charlton House Charlton Road, London, Greater London, SE7 8RE, UK.
10 April 2016 4.30pm Orchestre de Paris/Paavo Jarvi, Roger Muraro, piano, Ondist Cynthia Millar .Turangalila Symphonie Philharmonie, Paris, France.

11 April 2016 8pm London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano, Couleurs de la cite celeste. Grand Auditorium, Luxembourg.

12 April 2016 8.30pm London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform Couleurs de la cite celeste. Philharmonie, Paris, France.

13 April 2016 6pm Sonya Lifschitz and Therese Milenovic, pianos perform Visions de l'Amen. USQ Arts Theatre, Toowoomba (Australia)

14 April 2016 7.30pm London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform Couleurs de la cite celeste. Barbican Hall, London, UK.

14 April 2016 and 15 2016 7.30pm Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Urbanski Measha Brueggergosman, soprano. Poemes pour Mi. Koncertsalen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

14 April 2016 8.15pm Slagwerk Den Haag, Asko/Schonberg Ensemble/Etienne Siebens Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano. Oiseaux exotiques; Couleurs de la cite celeste
Muziekgebouw aan't TJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

16 April 2016 7.30pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus. Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Centre, London, UK.

17 April 2016 2.30pm Nederlands Kamerkoor/Peter Dijkstra. Cinq Rechants. Nieuwe Kerk/Den Haag, Netherlands.

21 April 2016 22:30. Der Gesang der Vögel. Jörg Widmann Clarinet Markus Uhl Organ perform Livre d'orgue: Chants d'oiseaux Quatuor pour la fin du temps for clarinet, violin, cello and piano expts.
Les Oiseaux et les Sources: communion. JesuitenkircheMerianstr. 2, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 69117, Germany

22 (8 pm) - 23 April 2016 (7 pm) Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, cond. Matthew Hall perform Les offrandes oubliees. Hilbert Circle Theatre. Indianapolis, USA

22 April 2016 7.30pm Michael Blake, organ performs La Nativite du Seigneur. Birmingham Conservatoire at St Paul's Church, Birmingham UK.

23 April 2016 19:30 Zwischen Himmel und Abgrund. Quatuor pour la fin du temps.Kongresshaus Stadthalle Neckarstaden 24, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 69117, Germany.

23 April 2016 19:45 Aberdeen Bach Choir -Peter Parfitt Conductor David Gerrard organ O sacrum convivium! Apparition de l'église éternelle St Machar's Cathedral
The Chanonry Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB24 1RQ, United Kingdom

25 April 2016 7.30pmWWU Symphony Orchestra/Tim Fitzpatrick Judith Widrig, piano perform Oiseaux exotiques. Performing Arts Center 155-Concert Hall, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

28 April 2016 13.05 Samson Tsoy and Pavel Kolesnikov perform Visions de l'Amen. St John's Sith Square, London, UK.

28 April 2016 19.30 Rolf Hind performs Le Traquet Rieur. University of Nottingham, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, UK.

30 April 2016 8.15pm Nederlands Kamerkoor/Peter Dijkstra. Cinq Rechants. Nieuwe Kerk/Den Haag, Netherlands.

1 May 2016 8pm Junge Deutsche Philharmonie/Bruno Mantovani Vokalensemble Kolner Dom, Madrigalchor St Josef Solingen-Ohligs Capella Vocalis Bonn, Vocalensemble Udin d'ART (soloists tba) perform La Transfiguration de Notre- Seigneur Jesus-Christ. Philharmonie, Cologne Acht Brucken Germany. Free admission.

2 May 2016 8.30pm Yumi Nara, soprano, Jay Gottlieb, piano perform Harawi. Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris France.

5 May 2016 8pm SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Sylvain Cambreling perform Un sourire. Konzerthaus, Freiburg, Germany.

8 May 2016 7.30pm Ad Hoc Sinfonia/Steve Bingham Joseph Havlat, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot. Turangalila Symphonie. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, UK

11 May 2016 10pm Angela Hewitt, piano, Hugo Ticciati, violin, Christoffer Sundkvist, clarinet, Torleif Thedeen, cello perform Quatour pour la fin du temps. Muziekgebouw aan't TJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands

13 May 2016 7.30pm National orchester des Polnischen Rundfunks/Alexander Liebreich Matan Porat, piano, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, ondes Martenot. perform Turangalila Symphonie. Grossen Konzertsaal Philharmonie von Kattowitz Kattowitz-Festivals "Kultur Natur" Poland.

15 May 2016 7pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano performs Catalogue d'oiseaux. Palais im Grossen Garden, Dresden Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Germany.

17 May 2016 19.30 Cameron Carpenter performs Dieu parmi nous. Tonhalle, Grosser saal, Zurich, Switzerland.

17 May 2016 20:00 Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse Tugan Sokhiev Conductor perform Les offrandes oubliées. Théâtre du Capitole
Place du Capitole, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenées, 31000, France

21 May 2016 8pm Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Robert Spano Michael Kieran Harvey, piano perform Couleurs de la cite celeste. Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

21 May 2016 19:30 Organ Stories No.6 László Fassang Organ Pál Mácsai Organ. Joie et Clarte des Corps Glorieux. Müpa: Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1., Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary.

25 May 2016 7.30pm Ensemble Mirage. Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The Assembly House, Norwich Norfolk & Norwich Festival UK

26 May 2016 19.30 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch cond. Alexandre Bloch perform Les offrandes oubliees. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK.

28 May 2016 8pm Mendelssohn Orchester Leipzig, Cond. David Timm. Turangalila-Symphonie. Sporthalle Brüderstraße. Leipzig, Germany.

3 June 2016 8pm Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cond. Christoph König perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Meyherhoff Hall, Baltimore, USA.

4 June 2016 3pm Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cond. Christoph König perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Meyherhoff Hall, Baltimore, USA.

4 June 2016 19.30 Messiaen in Penzance. An all Messiaen programme including: Feuillets Inédits, Le Merle Noir (Flute & Piano), Vocalise, Oraison des belles eaux, L'Alouette Lulu (Catalogue d'oiseaux), La Rouge Gorge (Petite Esquisses d'oiseaux), O sacrum convivium (Soprano & organ), Joie et clarté des corps glorieux. Malcolm Ball (Ondes Martenot) Peter Humphrey (Piano) Laura Nicholas (Soprano) Nigel Wicken (Organ) Pippa Drummond (Flute) St. Mary's Church, Penzance, Cornwall, UK.

8 June 2016 13.10. Malcolm Ball (Ondes Martenot) Peter Humphrey (Piano) perform music written and arranged for Ondes Martenot and Piano - Messiaen, Milhaud, Guinot and more. Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk, UK.

9 - 10 June 2016 7.30pm Berner Symphonieorchester/Sylvain Cambreling Roger Muraro, piano perform Un vitrail et des oiseaux. Kultur-Casino, Bern, Switzerland.

13 June 2016 11:00am Film: La Liturgie de Cristal. Olivier Milles’s fascinating and delightfully unconventional 1997 documentary looking at the life of Messiaen through rarely-seen archive footage covering four decades. Aldeburgh Cinema, Aldeburgh. UKAldeburgh Festival UK

16 June 2016 8pm Orchestre National de France/Andris Poga, Les offrandes oubliees. Maison de la Radio, Paris, France.

17 June 2016 3:00 PM Birdsong: a brief history. Author Tim Dee leads a discussion with composer Sally Beamish and Mark Cocker, a birder, environmental campaigner and author. The event will also feature live musical performance.Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh UKAldeburgh Festival UK

17 June 2016 5:30 PM From Birdsong to Music. Pierre-Laurent Aimard presents audio-visual footage of some of the birds depicted in Catalogue d’Oiseaux, moving to the piano to demonstrate how Messiaen transcribed the sounds he heard into musical notation. Britten Studio, Snape UKAldeburgh Festival UK

18 June 2016 1:00 PM Pierre-Laurant Aimard: Festival Masterclass Recital. The Festival's Artistic Director joins internationally acclaimed pianist Tamara Stefanovich to coach outstanding young artists in Messiaen’s great masterpiece Catalogue d’Oiseaux. Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape UK.Aldeburgh Festival UK

19 June 2016 Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano performs Catalogue d'Oiseaux. "Four concerts from sunrise to midnight set against the panoramic backdrops and teeming wildlife of Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere" Aldeburgh Festival UK

19-20 June 2016 7.30pm Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lubeck/Ryusuke Numajiri perform L'Ascension. Lubeck Music and Congress Centre and June 23 2016 8pm Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany.

22 June 2016 20:00 Jörg Widmann | Andrej Bielow | Adrian Brendel | Kit Armstrong perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps.Residenz: Kaisersaa, Residenzplatz 2, Würzburg, Bavaria, 97070, Germanyl

25 June 2016 10:00 PM. Bird Sketches. Lorenzo Soulès, one of Europe’s most exciting young pianists, plays two of Messiaens' smaller-scale birdsong pieces that came later in his career. Britten Studio, Snape. UKAldeburgh Festival UK

3 July 2016 (6pm), 5 & 8 (8pm) Philharmonisches Staatsorchester/Kent Nagano soloists tba. Turangalila Ballett von John Neumeier. Staatsoper-Hamburg, Germany.

8 July 2016 8pm Staatsphilharmonie Nurnberg/Simone Young Rita Kaufmann, piano ondiste tba. Turangalila Symphonie von John Neumeier. Meistersingerhalle, Nurenberg, Germany.

8 July 2016 6.30pm New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis perform Eclairs sur l'au-dela... Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington NZ

9 July 2016 7.30pm New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis perform Eclairs sur l'au-dela... Auckland Town Hall, Auckland NZ.

9 July 2016 9.30pm 29eme Sextuor d'ondes Martenot: Thomas Bloch, Christopher Corbett, Caroline Ehret, Nathalie Forget, Monique Pierrot, Jacques Tchamkerten perform Fete des belles eaux and
Messiaen on the Rocks
(Thomas Bloch) Festival International de Musique de Sarrebourg St Ulrich Villa Gallo-romaine, France.

8 July 2016 (7.30pm), 17 (11am), 18 (8pm), 31 (7.30pm) Turangalila Dokumentarisches Musiktheater von Rimini Protokoll. Das Staatsorchester Darmstadt/Will Humburg (soloists tba); Regie, Buhne, Kostume, Helgard Haug, Daniel Wetzel; Idee und Dramaturgie, Berthold Schneider Grosses Haus, Darmstadt, Germany.

16 July 2016 6.30pm Svetlana Smolina and Christopher Riley, pianos, Caroline Gouding, violin, Matt Haimovitz, cello, John Bruce Yeh, clarinet perform Visions de l'Amen; Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Sculpture Site, Tippet Rise Art Center, Fishtail, MT, USA

23 - 31 July 2016 The 19th edition of the Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije will have the theme "Le Piano Selon Messiaen".

23 July 2016 21H00 Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije Saint François d’Assise (lecture d’extraits dans la réduction pour piano et chant d’Yvonne Loriod)
Par Didier Henry (Saint François), Marc Mauillon (Le Lépreux), Laura Holm (l’Ange), Guillaume Worms (frère Bernard), Jean-Christophe Lanièce (frère Léon), Kaelig Boché (frère Massée)
Anne Le Bozec (piano 1), Flore Merlin (piano 2), Nathalie Forget (ondes Martenot). ÉGLISE DE LA GRAVE PAYS DE LA MEIJE, La Grave, France.

24 July 2016 17H00 Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije Marie Vermeulin (piano) Préludes pour piano (1929) ; La Dame de Shalott (1917) ; Fantaisie Burlesque (1932). Combier : Etudes pour piano, Création mondiale (commande du festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije) avec le soutien de la Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert. Debussy : Etudes. ÉGLISE DE LA GRAVE PAYS DE LA MEIJE, France.

25 July 2016 4pm Harawi (soloists tba) 8pm. Turangalila Symphonie Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra/Stefan Asbury soloists tba. Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood Tanglewood FestivalUSA

27 July 2016 21H00 Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije Michel Beroff (piano). Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus. ÉGLISE DE LA GRAVE PAYS DE LA MEIJE, France.

27 July 2016 9h à 13h Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije Colloque : Le Piano selon Messiaen. Colloque présidé par Mme Catherine Massip, présidente de la Fondation Olivier Messiaen (Symposium chaired by Catherine Massip, President of the Foundation Olivier Messiaen). SALLE DES FÊTES DE LA GRAVE PAYS DE LA MEIJE, France.

27 July 2016 18H00 Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije La nuit des Oiseaux de Messiaen. Le Catalogue d’Oiseaux. Vanessa Wagner (piano), Markus Bellheim (piano), Peter Hill (piano), Wilhem Latchoumia (piano). La Fauvette Passerinette, La Fauvette des Jardins, Petites Esquisses d’oiseaux. ÉGLISE DE LA GRAVE PAYS DE LA MEIJE, France

30 July 2016 21H00 Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije Visions de L’Amen.Geoffroy Couteau (piano) et François-Frédéric Guy (piano)ÉGLISE DE LA GRAVE PAYS DE LA MEIJE France

31 July 2016 17H00 Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije Quatre Etudes de Rythme et Cantéyodjaya et Le Courlis cendré (extrait du Catalogue d’oiseaux). Tamara Stefanovich (piano). ÉGLISE DE LA GRAVE PAYS DE LA MEIJE France.

6 August 2016 Klavierabend - Pierre-Laurent Aimard trifft... 3D surround peforms Le Courlis Cendré (Catalogue d'oiseaux, 7. Buch). Kurpark: Kneipp-Kur-Garten, Am Kurpark,
Hitzacker, Lower Saxony, 29456, Germany.

10 August 2016 8pm Organist Robert Smith performs L'apparition de l'église éternelle. Predigerkirche, Erfurt, Germany.

28 August 2016 18:00 Salonen and Wang. Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor Yuja Wang Piano, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie Ondist.perform Turangalîla-symphonie. Berwaldhallen, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 3 Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden.

28 August 2016 16:00 Choir of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Geoffroy Jourdain Conductor perform O sacrum convivium! Sala São Paulo Praça Júlio Prestes Rue Mauá Luz,
São Paulo, Southeast Region, Brazil.

29 August 2016 7.45pm Alexandra Wood, violin, Rozenn Le Trionnaire, clarinet, Alice Neary, cello, Huw Watkins, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temp.s
Presteigne Festival St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Wales.UK

11 September 2016 5pm Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. KKL Luzern, Concert Hall Lucerne Festival, Switzerland.

13 September 2016 8pm Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuala/Gustavo Dudamel Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Musikfest Berlin, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.

2 October 2016 11:00 Harriet Krijgh and Magda Amara perform Louange à l’immortalité de Jésus (Quatuor pour la fin du temps). Concertgebouw: Recital Hall, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.

2 October 2016 17:00 Staatskapelle Berlin, Cond. Günther Albers, Tamara Stefanovich piano performs Oiseaux exotiques. Lokhalle Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany.

6 -7 October 2016 19:30. Danish National Symphony Orchestra Louis Langrée Conductor perform Les offrandes oubliées. DR Koncerthuset, Emil Holms Kanal 20, Copenhagen,
Hovedstaden, 0999 København C, Denmark.

6 October 2016 7pm Malmo Symphony Orchestra/Marc Soustrot Roger Muraro, piano, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, ondes Martenot, Turangalila Symphonie. Konsertsalen, Malmo

8 October 2016 8pm Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuala/Gustavo Dudamel Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenotperform Turangalila Symphonie. Carnegie Hall, New York, USA.
8 October 2016 14:00 The French F Sharp Connection. Kathryn Stott Piano performs Vingt regards sur L’enfant-Jésus: Le baiser de l’enfant Jésus. Kings Place: Hall One, 90 York Way, London, Greater London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom

13 - 14 October 2016 8pm Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Cond. Louis Langree perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Leipzig Gewandhaus. Germany.

28 October 2016 8.15pm Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Joshua Weilerstein perform L'Ascension. de Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

5 November 2016 8pm Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Stefan Asbury perform Le Tombeau resplendissant. Maison de la Radio-Auditorium, ParisFrance.

17 November 2016 19:30 Emma Halnan and Daniel King Smith perform Le merle noir. Lower Pulworthy, Highampton, Hatherleigh, Devon, EX21 5LQ, United Kingdom

18 November 2016 19:30 Emma Halnan and Daniel King Smith perform Le merle noir. Ilminster Arts Centre East Street, Ilminstert, United Kingdom

19 November 2016 19:30 Emma Halnan and Daniel King Smith perform Le merle noir.The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3BS, United Kingdom

23 November 2016 8pm Julia Sophie Wagner, soprano, Stephen Schleiermacher, piano perform Chant de Terre et de Ciel; Poemes pour Mi. Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus, Leipzig Germany

3 December 2016 (7.30pm), 4 (2pm), 5 (7.30pm) Oregon Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar Steven Osborne, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot, Rose Bond & PNCA, video animators perform Turangalila Symphonie. Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland, OR, USA.

7 - 8 - 9 December 2016 7.30pm Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/David Robertson Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie
Rudolfinum, Prague

26 December 2016 5pm Michael Schonheit, organ performs La Nativite du Seigneur. Grosser Saal, Gewandhaus, Leipzig Germany.


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

14 January 2017 6pm Tokyo Symphony Orchestra/Kazuyoshi Akiyama perform Les offrandes oubliees. Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

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.

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.

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.

26 February 2017 7pm Hamburger Symphoniker, Cond. Robert Trevino perform Les offrandes oubliees. Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Germany.

9 March 2017 8pm Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Choeur Britten, Jeune Choeur symphonique/Nicolas Chalvin (soloists tba) perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine.
Auditorium orchestre national de Lyon, Lyon, France.

9-10 March 2017 7.30pm 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.

12 March 2017 17:00 Christoph Eß- French horn, perform Appell interstellaire from Des canyons aux etoiles....Bamberg, Konzerthalle. Germany.

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.

23 April 2017 3pm National Orchestra of Belgium/Andrey Boreyko perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Henry Le Boeuf Hall, Brussels.

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.

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.

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.

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.

16 June 2017 8pm National Orchestra of Brussels/Andrey Boreyko USA. perform L'Ascension. Henry le Boeuf Hall, Brussels

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.

Quatuor Pour la Fin du Temps, Berg 4 Pieces : Brunner(Cl)Lobanov(P)Kagan(Vn)Gutman(Vc). Catalogue Number : MELCD1002310
Melodiya *classics*

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. Release date:4 May 2015

NEW RELEASE - 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.

Des Canyons Aux Etoiles [Christoph Eschenbach, London Philharmonic Orchestra ] [LPO: LPO-0083]. Release date: 2nd March 2015.

Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps, etc : Ensemble Nordlys. Catalogue Number : DACOCD756. Label : Danacord. Release Date
28 Feb 2015.

Contemplations: Music of Olivier Messiaen. Matthew Mccright, piano.Released 6 Jan 2015, Albany Records, ASIN: B00QQLJRHEImport. This recording was conceived by pianist Matthew McCright by pairing music from two periods of Olivier Messiaen's compositional life that are linked by the pianist Yvonne Loriod. Messiaen heard Loriod perform the Préludes, and she became his muse for countless compositions, including Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus, which was dedicated to her, and later, his second wife. McCright has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the South Pacific as a piano soloist and chamber musician. A member of the piano faculty of Carleton College, McCright has premiered numerous new pieces, many written for him, and has collaborated with such composers as Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Augusta Read Thomas, and Paul Dresher, among many others. He studied at Westminster College, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Minnesota.

La Nativite Du Seigneur. Tom Winpenny, organ. Label: NAXOS ASIN: B00OSB0NZE

Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps. Amici and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Label: Summit Records ASIN: B0000038K5

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.

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.



The 18th edition of Messiaen Festival in Pays de La Meije will take place from 11 to 19 July 2015 on "East - West, from Debussy to Mâche"
The program for this eighteenth edition, features the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg with the Slovenian conductor Marko Letonja, the troupe Javanese Wayang and Gamelan Java dance, Ensemble Accroche Note, the Regional Orchestra Avignon Provence, the Musicatreize Ensemble under the direction of conductor Hayrabedian Rolan and the Quatuor Bela.





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.

ORGANpromotion 2014

"Organ Tour Paris"

"Tour de France" - Organ Tour Atlantic Coast with Dr. Kurt Lueders

South German Organ Academy

"Organ Weekend Eupen" - Organ viewings, recitals

"Organ Class Michel / Hamburg

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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.

Livre Du Saint Sacrement. Jan Szypowski organ of Archikatedry sw. Jana w Warszawie. Dux, DDD, 95/96

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

New recording of 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.
Hans van Gelder and Erik Versluis have produced a major new release focusing on Messiaen and his contempories in the '30s. Three organists (Arjan Versluis, Anton Doornhein and van Gelder himself) perform music by Daniel-Lesur, Jolivet, Langlais, Migot, Dupré, Tournemire, Messiaen and Delbos on this double-CD recorded in Ste Trinité in Paris.
There is also a sumptuous booklet in three languages with interesting articles and stunning photographs about Messiaen and Claire Delbos, his first wife.The booklet also contains articles about Jeune France, Cécile Sauvage, the Eucharist and more. The recording quality is outstanding, capturing every nuance of the Trinité organ with crystaline clarity. Few releases in the past years have come close to the quality of this production and is an absolute must for all French organ enthusiasts and Messiaen aficionados.

Purchase direct from D.E. Versluis at

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.


Joanna MacGregor
Piano Masterclass at The Royal Academy of Music, London

Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jesus (MMF 2-026)
MMF 2-026 1 disc(s) 2 hours 23 minutes
Available from The Masterclass Media Foundation


Two releases from the excellent Prestare label headed by Jolanda Zwoferink.
Henco de Berg presents an all French recital of Vierne, Dupré and Messiaen (Extracts from La Nativite and Livre du Saint sacrement) concluding with seven improvisations on Veni Creator Spititus while Jolanda herself continues her journey though Messiaen's organ works withDiptyque, Offrande au Saint Sacrement, Monodie, Apparition de l'église eternelle and Messe de la Pentecote.
Both artists perform on the grand organ of St Martin, Dudelange, Luxembourg which although lacking in some fine kaleidoscopic colouristic detail of Cavaillé-Coll instruments is more than worthy of all these works.
These are impeccably recorded accounts as one has come to expect now from Prestare with attractive and informative booklets and notes. Highly recommended.

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.

Read more here.

Read more here.
Apparition of the Eternal Church ~ A film by Paul Festa.
Paul Festa’s award-winning and critically acclaimed first film Apparition of the Eternal Church captures a spectacular confrontation between thirty-one mostly nonreligious artists and the music of French Catholic composer Olivier Messiaen. Faced with the challenge of putting Messiaen’s apocalyptic music into words, listeners including literary critic Harold Bloom, filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell, actor and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Eisa Davis, Tony-nominated drag star Justin Bond (“Kiki & Herb”), Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic and the late harpsichord virtuoso Albert Fuller tell a story that ranges from scenes of torture and hellfire to sex and spiritual ecstasy.
OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever is based on Paul Festa's award-winning and critically acclaimed film Apparition of the Eternal Church.
The book and movie capture the explosive responses of 31 mostly nonreligious artists to the apocalyptic music of the Christian visionary Olivier Messiaen.


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
RELEASED: 01/03/2009

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
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Stage Director: Pierre Audi

Messiaen et autour de Messiaen, for Onde Martenot and Piano
ReR OM1 (May 2009 Release)

Works by Olivier Messiaen, Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (1941), Feuillets inédits
Quatrepièces restituées et éditées par Yvonne Loriod- Messiaen. Vocalise-Étude (1935), Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus (1941). N’Guyen- Thien Dao, 2 - Bai Tap (1974) (for onde Martenot and prepared piano) Jacques Charpentier, Suite karnatique (1958) (for onde Martenot solo)and Tristan Murail, Tigres de Verre (1974).

Nadia Ratsimandresy - onde Martenot
Matteo Ramon Arevalos – piano and prepared piano

Claude-Samuel Levine new CD of a sequenced version of Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps with Claude-Samuel performing all the parts. Plus works for Ondes Martenot and Piano. More details here



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]
Livre d'orgue
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

Recorded: 14,15/05/2007
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
Les Premiers Enregistrements 1956-1962

Olivier Messiaen & Yvonne Loriod & Pierre Boulez & Maurice Le Roux

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
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra
1. Fantaisie [8.59]

Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
2. Liturgie de cristal [2.37]
3. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps [5.04]
4. Abîme des oiseaux [8.21]
5. Intermède [1.48]
6. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus [7.26]
7. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes [6.08]
8. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange ui annonce la fin du Temps [7.21]
9. Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus [6.56]

10. Le Merle noir [6.24]

11. Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes [3.07]

12. Morceau de lecture à vue World Première Recording



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


Latvian pianist Dzintra Erliha plays music by fellow Latvian Lucija Garuta and selections from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus.




Piano & Organ Music

CD 1 [69:08]
[1]Oiseaux exotiques (1955-56)13:35
Catalogue d’oiseaux(1956-58)
Book 1
[2] Le Chocard des Alpes 8:49
[3] Le Loriot 7:27
[4] Le Merle Bleue 12:31

Book 2
[5] Le Traquet Stapazin 13:12

Book 3
[6] La Chouette Hulotte6:26
[7] L’Alouette Lulu 6:48

CD 2 [81:45]
Book 4
[1] La Rousserolle Effarvatte 27:09

Book 5
[2] L’Alouette Calandrelle 4.27
[3] La Bouscarle 10:13

Book 6
[4] Le Merle de Roche 15:18

Book 7
[5] La Buse Variable 9:02
[6] Le Traquet Rieur 6:52
[7] Le Courlis Cendré 8:39

CD 3 [79:59]
[1] Cantéyodjayâ (1949)12:27
Quatre Etudes de rythme (1949-50)
[2] I Ile de feu I1:59
[3] III Neumes rythmiques 6:35
[4] IV Ile de feu 4:21

Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus(1944)
[5] I Regard du Père 8:02
[6] II Regard de l’étoile 2:35
[7] III L’échange 1:50
[8] IV Regard de la Vierge 6:44
[9] V Regard du Fils sur le Fils 8:36
[10] VI Par Lui tout a été fait 9:12
[11] VII Regard de la Croix 4:28
[12] VIII Regard des hauteurs 2:01
[13] IX Regard du temps 2:28
[14] X Regard de l’Esprit de joie 8:23

CD 4 [73:58]
[1] XI Première communion de la Vierge 7:38
[2] XII La parole toute-puissante 2:32
[3] XIII Noël 3:53
[4] XIV Regard des Anges 4:41
[5] XV Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus 12:24
[6] XVI Regard des prophètes, des bergers et des Mages 3:41
[7] XVII Regard du silence 5:39
[8] XVIII Regard de l’Onction terrible 8:33
[9] XIX Je dors, mais mon coeur veille 11:48
[10] XX Regard de l’Eglise d’amour 13:03

CD 5 [63:04]
[1] O sacrum convivium! (1937) 3:55

La Nativité du Seigneur (1935)
[2] I La Vierge et l’Enfant 5:55
[3] II Les Bergers 6:41
[4] III Desseins éternels 6:43
[5] IV Le Verbe 10:29
[6] V Les Enfants de Dieu 4:10
[7] VI Les Anges 3:26
[8] VII Jésus accepte la souffrance 4:17
[9] VIII Les Mages 9:11
[10] IX Dieu parmi nous 8:36

CD 6 [74:47]
[1] I Majesté du Christ 6:37
[2] II Alléluias 7:25
[3] III Transports de joie 4:44
[4] IV Prière du Christ 7:13

[5] Diptyque (1930)11:06

[6] Apparition de l’Eglise éternelle (1932) 9:48

Messe de la Pentecôte (1949-50)
[7] I Entrée (Les langues de feu) 2:24
[8] II Offertoire (Les choses visibles et invisibles) 11:22
[9] III Consécration (Le don de Sagesse) 3:54
[10] IV Communion (Les oiseaux et les sources) 5:59
[11] V Sortie (Le vent de l’Esprit) 3:22

CD 7 [62:56]
[1] Verset pour la fête de la Dédicace (1960) 9:50
[2] Le Banquet céleste (1928, rev.1960) 6:16
Les Corps glorieux: Sept visions brèves de la Vie des Ressuscités (1939)
[3] I Subtilité des Corps glorieux 6:31
[4] II Les Eaux des la Grâce 2:49
[5] III L’Ange aux parfums 7:44
[6] IV Combat de la Mort et de la Vie 13:24
[7] V Force et Agilité des Corps glorieux 3:20
[8] VI Joie et Clarté des Corps glorieux 5:32
[9] VII Le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité 7:03

Jean-Yves Thibaudet - piano (CD 1 track [1])
Robert Sherlaw Johnson - piano (CD 1 tracks [2]-[[7]; CD 2; CD 3 tracks [1]-[4])
John Ogdon - piano (CD 3 tracks [5]-[14]; CD 4)
Simon Preston - organ (CD 5 tracks [2]-[10])
Thomas Trotter - organ (CD 6; CD 7)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (CD 1 track [1])

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge (CD 5 track [1])

Riccardo Chailly (CD 1 track [1])

Decca 7cds 4780353

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

CD2 (76:00)
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)
Premier Septénaire
15. I Récit évangelique
16. II Configuratum corpori claritatis suae
17. III Christus Jesus, splendor Patris

CD3 (75:28)
1. IV Récit évangelique
2. V Quam dilecta tabernacula tua
3. VI Candor est lucis aeterna
4. VII Choral de la sainte montagne
Deuxième Septénaire
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

CD4 (73:03)
Poèmes pour Mi (1936, orch.1937)
Livre I
1. Action de graces
2. Paysage
3. La maison
4. Epouvante
Livre II
5. L’Epouse
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

CD5 (77:00)
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

CD6 (80:46)
Poèmes pour Mi (1936)
Livre I
1. Action de graces
2. Paysage
3. La maison
4. Epouvante
Livre II
5. L’Epouse
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

Riccardo Chailly
Leopold Stokowski
Bernard Haitink
Antal Dorati
Pierre Boulez

Decca 6cds 4780352



Complete Edition. DG 32cds
label: Deutsche Grammophon

Apparition de l'Eglise éternelle
L’Ascension (4 méditations symphoniques)
L’Ascension (version pour orgue)
Le Banquet céleste
Catalogue d'oiseaux
Chant dans le style de Mozart
Chants de Terre et de Ciel
Chants des déportés
Cinq Rechants
Concert à quatre
Les Corps glorieux
Couleurs de la Cité Céleste
Des canyons aux étoiles
Eclairs sur l'Au-Delà
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
Fantaisie burlesque
Fantaisie pour violon et piano
La Fauvette des Jardins
Fête des belles eaux
Huit Préludes
Livre d'orgue
Le Livre du Saint Sacrement
Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
Le Merle noir
Messe de la Pentecôte
La mort du Nombre
La Nativité du Seigneur
O sacrum convivium, motet pour le Saint-Sacrement
Offrande au Saint-Sacrement
Les Offrandes oubliées
Oiseaux exotiques
Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux
Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes
Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas
Poèmes pour Mi (soprano et piano)
Poèmes pour Mi (soprano et orchestre)
Prélude pour orgue
Prélude pour piano
Quatre Etudes de rythme
Quatre inédits pour piano et ondes Martenot
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
Réveil des oiseaux
Saint François d'Assise
Sept Haïkaï
Thème et variations
Le Tombeau resplendissant
La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ
Trois Mélodies
Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine
Un Sourire
Un Vitrail et des oiseaux
Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace
La Ville d’en Haut
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
Visions de l'Amen

Pierre-Laurent Aimard . John Alldis Choir . Martha Argerich . Daniel Barenboïm . Noelle Barker . Pierre Boulez / The Cleveland Orchestra . Catherine Cantin . Riccardo Chailly / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra . Myung-Whun Chung / Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France . Myung-Whun Chung / Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille . Catherine Cournot . José van Dam . Sir Andrew Davis / BBC Chorus and Orchestra . Guy Deplus . Georges Guest / Saint John’s College . Jay Gottlieb . Heinz Holliger . Daniel Hope . Joela Jones . Jean-Paul Kreder / Ensemble Le Madrigal . Gidon Kremer . Hervé Lamy . Christian Lardé . Olivier Latry . Jeanne Loriod . Sextuor d'ondes Jeanne Loriod . Sylvia McNair . Maîtrise de Radio-France . Nathalie Manfrino . Olivier Messiaen . Chris Merritt . Yvonne Loriod . Roger Muraro . Kent Nagano / Hallé Orchestra . Yumi Nara . Françoise Pollet . Karl Anton Rickenbacher / Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin . Quatuor Rosemonde . Mstislav Rostropovich . Robert Sherlaw Johnson . Albert Tétard . Jean-Yves Thibaudet . Dawn Upshaw . Marie Vermeulin . Luben Yordanoff…

The Messiaen celebrations come to an overwhelming climax with this superb 32-CD set of his complete works. The only complete edition - Released on Deutsche Grammophon - Limited edition.
400-page booklet in English and French, including complete sung texts and libretto

OVERVIEW: The solo piano works with Roger Muraro (7 CDs); the organ works with Olivier Latry (6 CDs); Orchestral and Choral works with Myung Whun Chung and Pierre Boulez, with Pierre-Laurent, Yvonne Loriod as soloists (ca. 10 CDs); the opera Saint Francois directed by Kent Nagano (4 CDs); Chamber Works with Daniel Barenboim,. Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich, Daniel Hope (new recording); vocal works with Noelle Barker

The whole is rounded off with a performance of the two-piano Visions de l'Amen by Yvonne Loriod and Messiaen himself (recorded in Paris in 1962)

Specially recorded for this edition: Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, Coulers de la Cité Céleste and the rare Hymne (1932) with Myung Whun Chung; the recently discoverd Fantaisie for violin and Piano with Daniel Hope. Don't miss: Fetes des belles for six Ondes Martenot on CD 27!

DG 32cds 4801333




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.
The set also includes an exclusive interview between Pierre Boulez and Claude Samuel.






Warner Classics 18 CD set that replaces and updates the original
17 CD set released by Erato in the 80s

2564-62162-2 (18CD)
Artists include: Yvonne Loriod
Soloist: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Soloist: Katia Labèque
Soloist: Marielle Labèque
Soloist: Marie-Claire Alain
Soloist: Olivier Messiaen
Ensemble: Ensemble Ars Nova
Conductor: various
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de l’O.R.T.F.

This 18-CD set offers a comprehensive overview of Messiaen’s 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 Messiaen’s 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 composer’s 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 d’oiseaux (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 l’église 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 chœurs de l’ORTF/Marcel Couraud
CD 5 : Visions de l’Amen (1943)
Katia and Marièlle Labèque, pianos
Les offrandes oubliées (1930) Hymne au Saint-Sacrement (1932)
Orchestre philharmonique de l’ORTF/Marius Constant
CD 6 & 7 : Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus (1944)
Yvonne Loriod, piano
CD 8: Harawi, (Chants d’amour et de mort) (1945)
Rachel Yakar, soprano · Yvonne Loriod, piano
CD 9: Turangalîla-symphonie (1946–48) 1990 Revised Messiaen Edition
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Dominique Kim, ondes Martenot
Berliner Philharmoniker/Kent Nagano
CD 10, 11 & 12: Catalogue d’oiseaux (1956–58); 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
L’Ascension (1932–33) Quatre méditations symphoniques pour orchestre
Orchestre philharmonique de l’ORTF/Marius Constant
CD 14 : Trois petites liturgies sur la présence divine (1943–44)
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) (cont’d.)
Olivier Messiaen, organ (Recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organ in La Trinité Church, Paris)
CD 16 & 17: Des canyons aux étoiles ... (1971–74)
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


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.

DVD of Dupré performing and speaking.

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.





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