Events, CD & DVD Releases
2 January 2022 5pm Christof Pulsch La Nativite du Seigneur. Zionskirche Bethel, Bielefeld, Germany.
5 January 2022 8.15pm Alexander Ivanov, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. St Severin Church, Sylt Geestkern, Keitum, Germany.
6 January 2022 7pm Orjan Horn Johanssen, organ, La Nativite du Seigneur. Church of the Holy Spirit, Copenhagen, Denmark.
6 January 2022 6pm Daniel Beilschmidt, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. Paulinum-Aula and University Church St Pauli, Leipzig, Germany.
7 January 2022 7.30pm Sachin Gunga, La Nativite du Seigneur. Portsmouth Cathedral, UK.
7 January 2022 7pm Christof Becker, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. Marienstiftskirche, Frankfurt, Germany.
8 January 2022 8pm Colin Walsh, organ La Nativite du Seigneur Lincoln Cathedral, UK.
9 January 2022 4.30pm James Bowstead, organ performs La Nativite du Seigneur. Wakefield Cathedral, UK.
9 January 2022 4.30pm David Leigh, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
9 January 2022 6pm George Inscoe, organ . Norwich Cathedral, UK.
13 January 2022 I.00 pm Philippa Mo, violin, Matthew Schellhorn, piano perform Fantaisie. Imperial College, London, UK.
13 January 2022 7.30pm D’Arcy Trinkwon, organ performs La Nativite du Seigneur (Dieu parmi nous) St Andrew’s Church, Maple Rd, Surbiton KT6 4DS UK.
18-19 January 2022 8pm Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife/Michael Boder perform L'Ascension. Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
19 January 2022 7.30pm Organists of Durham Cathedral perform La Nativite du Seigneur. Durham Cathedral, UK.
20 January 2022 7pm Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra/Lothar Zagrosek perform Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
20 January 2022 7.30pm Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Domingo Hindoyan perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK.
20 - 21 January 2022 8pm SWR Sinfonieorchester/Teodor Currentzis perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Leiderhalle, Stuttgart and January 23, 2022 7pm Konzerthaus, Freiburg, Germany.
21 January 2022 4.30pm 'Messiaen and Old Melodies'. Joshua Ryan organ, Messe de la Pentecote introduction by Roderick Chadwick. Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK. 7.00pm. Le Merle Noir Roderick Chadwick piano. Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK.
22 January 2022 6pm Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Musica/Stefan Blunier Steven Osborne, piano, Thomas Bloch, ondes Martenot, Turangalila Symphonie Suggia Music Room, Casa da musica, Porto, Portugal.
22 January 2022 6.30pm Timothy Rivalde, organ a Nativite du Seigneur. Chichester Cathedral, UK
23 January 2022 8pm Pierre - Laurent Aimard, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus. Cologne Philharmonie, Germany.
23 January 2022 5pm Julian Haggett and Alice Smith, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, UK.
23 January 2022 7pm Richard Morgan, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. Fredrikstad Domkirche, Fredrikstad, Norway.
23 January 2022 7.30pm Guildhall School Musicians perform Quartet for the End of Time. Barbican Centre, London, UK.
26 January 2022 6.30pm Jannika Gustafsson, violin, Margreet Houtman, clarinet, Natalia Goldman, cello, Anna Christensson, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Sundbyberg Church, Sundbyberg, Sweden.
27 January 2022 9pm Ensemble Iri da Iri perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Faraggiana Theatre, Novara, Italy.
28 January 2022 8pm Het Collectief: Julian Herve, clarinet, Wibert Aerts, violin, Martijn Vink, cello, Thomas Dieltjens, piano peform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium.
28 January 2022 8pm Michael Kieran Harvey, piano & Emily Sheppard, Derek Grice, James Anderson. Quartet for the of Time. Castray Esplanade, nipaluna/Hobart, Australia.
28 January 2022 7.30pm Julian Chan, piano. Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus (excerpts). Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK.
29 January 2022 7pm James Thomas, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. Ely Cathedral, UK
30 January 2022 11am Symphoniker Hamburg, Europa Chor Akademie Gorlitz/Sylvain Cambreling David Kadouch, piano, Nathalie Forget, ondes Martenot perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine. Laeiszhalle,Grosses Saal, Hamburg, Germany.
30 January 2022 8.15pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
30 January 2022 8pm Alden Wright and Andrew Wyatt, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. Truro Cathedral, Cornwall. UK.
4 February 2022 7.30pm Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center perform Quartet for the End of Time. Alice Tully Hall, New York, USA.
5 February 2022 2.30pm Momo Kodama, piano performs Catalgue d'oiseaux excerpts - La Chocard des Alpes; Le Loriot; Le Merle blue; Le traquet rieur; L'alouette Lulu. Auditorium du Musee, Grenoble, France.
6 February 2022 11am "Entre plumes et lumiers" Cassandre Marfin, piano performs excerpts from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus and Catalogue d'oiseaux. Centre Culturel de Verviers, Verviers, Belgium.
9 February 2022 8pm Eun Joo Ahn, violin, Jung-A Bang, piano perform Fantaisie. Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, USA.
15 February 2022 8.30pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano, Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus. Philharmonie de Paris, France.
18 February 2022 Paul Jacobs, organ performs L'Ascension. Symphony Hall, Boston, USA.
21 February 2022 6.30pm students from the organ department of Royal Academy of Music perform La Nativite du Seigneur. Royal Academy of Music, London, UK.
21 - 22 February 2022 8pm National Theater Orchestra Mannheim/Alexander Soddy perform L'Ascension. Rosengarten-Mozart Hall, Manheim, Germany.
23 February 2022 7.30pm Reinis Zarins, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus. Wigmore Hall, London, UK.
24 - -25 February 2022 8pm SWR Symphonieorchester/Ingo Metzmacher perform Eclairs sur l'au-dela. Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany.
25 February 2022 7.30pm Colin Andrews, organ performs Livre du Saint Sacrament. Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Chicago, USA.
26 February 202 7pm SWR Symphonieorchester/Ingo Metzmacher perform Eclairs sur l'au-dela. Rosengarten, Mannheim, Germany.
27 February 2022 3pm Miho Hashizume, violin, Keith Robinson, cello, Daniel Gilbert, clarinet, Donna Lee, piano perform Quartet for the End of Time. Shrine Church of St Stanislaus, Cleveland, OH, USA.
3 March 2022 8pm Joel Bardolet, violin, Marc Heredia, piano perform Theme et Variations. Petit Palau, Barcelona, Spain.
9 March 2022 7pm Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo soli tba perform Des Canyons aux etoiles..The Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall, Finland.
10 March 2022 7.30pm Jean-Samuel Bez, violin, Jean-Luc Therrien, piano perform Fantaisie. Arnold Schoenberg Centre, Vienna, Austria.
10 March 2022 8pm Flurina Stucki, soprano, John Parr, piano, Leonce Lupette, readings, Harawi. Deutsche Opera Berlin in the foyer. Germany.
10 March 2022 8pm Tim Brackman, violin, Jelmer de Moed, clarinet, Pieter de Koe, cello, Rik Kuppen, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Palace Church, The Hague, Netherlands.
10 March 2022 6.30pm Da Camera Young Artists perform Quartet for the End of Time. Audrey Jones Beck Building, Houston, Texas, USA.
11 March 2022 (8pm), 13 (11am), Bielefelder Philharmoniker/Alexander Kalajdzic perform Un Sourire. Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld, Germany.
11 March 2022 Alfonso Gomez, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus. Palace Church, The Hague, Netherlands.
12 March 2022 12.00 Matthew Schellhorn performs ‘Le Loriot’ (‘Golden Oriole’), ‘Le Traquet stapazin (‘Black-eared Wheatear’), ‘Le Courlis cendré’ (‘Curlew’), Cantéyodjayâ. Faculty of Music Cambridge University, UK.
13 March 2022 8pm Bert den Hertog, organ performs Livre du Saint Sacrament. Elandstraatkerk, The Hague, Netherlands.
17 March 2022 8pm Barbara Hannigan, soprano, Charles Sy, tenor, Stephen Gosling, piano, Lorraine Campet, violin perform La Mort du Nombre. DeSingel Blauwe Zall, Antwerp, Belgium.
17 March 2022 7:30 pm Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Cond. Bertrand de Billy, perform Les offrandes oubliées. Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland.
18 March 2022 8pm Annelien van Wawe, clarinet, Franziska Holscher, violin, Victor Julien-Laferriere, clarinet, Severin van Eckardstein, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. De Bijloke Muziekcentrum, Ghent, Belgium.
18 March 2022 8pm Marie-Pascale Talbot, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus. Conservatoire de Caen, France.
20 March 2022 4pm Alice Sara Ott, piano, Ji-Yoan Park, violin, Karine Jean-Baptiste, cello, Jerome Voisin, clarinet perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Auditorium Radio France. Paris, France.
20 March 2022 11:00 Claire Dassesse violin, Benoit Willmann clarinet, Olivier Morel cello, Deborah Lee piano, perform Quatuor pour le fin de temps. Bätiment des Forces Matrices, Genf, Switzerland.
21 March 2022 2.30 - 4pm Messiaen, musician of light, joy and love - Gaetan Puaud. Campus Centre Loire Amphi 400, Faculty of Pharmacy, 9 rue Bias, Nantes, France.
22 March 2022 5.00pm Huw Watkins Trio. Prelude No.6. Wigmore Hall, London, UK.
23 March 2022 8pm Jean Johnson, clarinet, Baiba Skride, violin, Alban Gerhardt, cello, Steven Osborne, piano, Quatuor pour la fin du Temps. Konzerthaus, Berlin Small Hall, Germany.
24 March 2022 8:00 pm Elbphilharmonieorchester Hamburg, Cond. Ingo Metzmacher, perform Les offrandes oubliées. Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany.
25 March 2022, 7.30 Elbphilharmonieorchester Hamburg, Cond. Ingo Metzmacher, perform Les offrandes oubliées. Muk-Konzertsaal, Lubeck, Germany.
25 March 2022 8pm Jonathan Biss, piano and members of St Paul Chamber Orchestra perform Quatuor pour la fin du Temps. Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, USA. March 26th, 2022 7pm Capri Theater, North Minneapolis, USA; March 27th, 2022 3pm St Andrews Lutheran Church, Mahtomed, USA.
27 March 2022 18:00 Elbphilharmonieorchester Hamburg, Cond. Ingo Metzmacher, perform Les offrandes oubliées. Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany.
27 March 2022 6pm Bertrand Chamayou, piano. Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus. Oslo Opera, Norway.
28 March 2022 7.30pm Mei Yi Foo, piano Bartosz Woroch, violin Rosie Biss, cello and Tom Verity, clarinet perform Quartet for the End of Time. Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
28 March 2022 7.30pm Stavanger Symphony Orchestra/Andris Poga perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Fartein Valen in Stavanger concert hall, Norway.
30 March 2022 7.30pm Christoph Croise, Jana Ozolina, Anna Gagane, Lukas LOss, Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Basel Infinity Festival Pauluskirche, Basel, Switzerland.
31 March 2022 6pm Ruby Throat/Lina Hirst Christos Fountos, piano. Cinq Rechant; Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Peacock Room, King Charles Court, London UK.
2 April 2022 7.30pm London Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Gardner perform Le tombeau resplendissant. Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.
2 April 2022 7.30pm Melvyn Tann, piano, Sascha Rattle, clarinet, Jessie Ann Richardson, cello, Michael Trainer, violin perform Quartet for the End of Time. Charleston Music Festival, Charleston Farmhouse, E Sussex, UK.
3 April 2022 4pm Bertrand Chamayou, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus. Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, Germany.
3 April 2022 11.15am Geneva Lewis, violin, Sam Armstrong, piano, Theme and Variations. Oxford Coffee Concerts Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK.
5 April 2022 8pm Bertrand Chamayou, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus. Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris. France. Postponed to June 15th
8 April 2022 8pm Ralph van Raat, piano Bird Music by Olivier Messiaen (excerpts from Catalogue d'oiseaux and Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux)Leiden (exact location tba)
8 April 2022 1pm Arabella Teniswood-Harvey, Michael Kieran Harvey, pianos, Visions de l'Amen. The Ian Potter Recital Hall, The Hedberg, University of Tasmania, Australia.
9 April 2022 5pm Markus Hinterhauser and Mari Kodama, pianos. Visions de l'Amen. Schloss Elman, Elman, Bavaria, Germany.
10 April 2022 3pm Jerilyn Jergensen, violin, Cullan Bryant, piano, Fantaisie. Packard Hall, Colorado College Department of Music, Colorado Springs, USA.
10 April 2022 11am Katja Adveeva and Nicolas Le Roy pianos, Visions de l'Amen. LES AMIS musiquetheatre, Carouge, Switzerland.
10 April 2022 7pm Corey Mackey, clarinet, Haerim Elizabeth Lee, violin, Juliette Herlin, cello, Michael Bukham, piano, perform Quartet for the End of Time. Van Cliburn Concert Hall, Texas Christian University, Texas, USA.
11 April 2022 8.30pm Renaud Capucon, violin, Kian Soltani, cello, Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet, Helene Mercier, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Festival de Paques Camp des Milles, Aix-en-Provence, France.
12 April 2022 1pm Geneva Lewis, violin, Sam Armstrong, piano perform Theme et Variations. Wigmore Hall, London. UK.
13 April 2022 8pm Robert Plane, clarinet and Gould Piano Trio, Quartet for the End of Time. Ilkley Concert Club: Yorkshire, UK.
14 April 2022 7.30pm Orchestre de l'opera National de Paris/Gustavo Dudamel, Un sourire. Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria.
15 April 2022 7pm Trio Palladio, Anton Dressler, clarinet, Quartet for the End of Time. The Small Hall, Dzintaru Kocertzale, Jurmala, Latvia.
18 April 2022 12 noon Eberhard Lauer, organ performs Les corps glorieux. St Marien-Dom, Hamburg, Germany.
21 - 22 April 2022, Oberlin College & Conservatory 'Music of Messiaen' mini-fest April 21st 12 noon discussion on the music and influence of Messiaen with Timothy Weiss, Jonathan Moyer and Jason Hardink at Birenham Innovation and Performance Space in the Hotel at Oberlin. April 22nd 7.30pm Fridays at Finney Collection Des Canyons aux etoiles... Contemporary Music Ensemble/Timothy Weiss Jason Hardink, piano, followed at 9.30pm, after a Q & A, by Meditations sur les Mystere de la Sainte Trinite Jonathan Moyer, organ.
22 April 2022 8pm Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen - Viktor Wennesz, clarinet, Malin William Olson, violin, Carl Osterlind, cello, Kristoffer Hyldig, piano, Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Malto Spring Festival, Teatrue Manoel, Valletta, Malta.
23 April 2022 2.30pm and 6.30pm Omega Ensemble perform Quartet for the End of Time Sydney Opera House, Australia.
24 April 2022 3pm Lisanne Soeterbroek, violin, Marc Vossen, cello, Banjamin Dieltjens, clarinet, Steven Osborne, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. AMUZ, Antwerp, Belgium.
24 April 2022 4pm Sophie Delphis, mezzo, Emma Luyendijk, piano perform Harawi. Amherst Presbyterian Church, Amherst, VA, USA.
27 April 2022 7.30pm Tom Bell, organ performs Livre du Saint Sacrament. Westminster Cathedral, London, UK. Further details here.
27 April 2022 5.30pm Caroline Eyck, theremin, Denys Proshayev, piano perform Vocalise-Etude. Harburg Music Community, Hamburg, Germany.
27 April 2022 1pm Olivier Messiaen, Birds and Colour - Performing Nature. Le Merle Noir; Le Merle Blue; Abime des oiseaux Megan Rowlands, flute, Tom Verity, clarinet, Richard Casey, piano, Ian Costabile, lighting. The Tung Auditorium, Kirkby, Liverpool, UK
28 April 2022 7pm Omega Ensemble perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia.
29 April 2022 8pm Raphaelle Moreau, violin, Raphael Severe, clarinet, Edgar Moreau, cello, David Kadouch, piano performs Quatuor pour la fin du temps. 26th Festival de Paques Salle Elie de Brignac-Arqana, Deauville, France.
29 April 2022 7.30pm Ramin Arjomand & Alexandra Saraceno, pianos, Expectation, Emancipation, Eternity: Exploring Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen. Renee Weiler Concert Hall, New York, USA.
Messiaen organ cycle commences at Paulinum - Aula and University Church of St Pauli Leipzig, Germany as follows -
27 April 2022, 6pm Daniel Beilschmidt, organ Les Corps glorieux
6 May 2022 7.30pm Students of the Church Music Institute of the University of Music and Theatre, Livre du Saint Sacrament
26 May 2022 11am Daniel Beilschmidt, organ L'Ascension
6 June 2022 7.30pm Daniel Beilschmidt, organ, Messe de la Pentecote
23 September 2022 7.30pm Daniel Beilschmidt, organ, Livre d'orgue
21 October 2022 7.30pm Daniel Beilschmidt, organ, Meditations sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite
4 December 2022 11am, 18 December, 11am, 24 December, 3 and 5pm, 25 December, 11am, 1 January, 11am
movements from La Nativite du Seigneur organist tba.
2 May 2022 9pm. Thomas Bloch, Ondes Martenot and Dimitri Vassilakis, Piano perform, O Sacrum convivium, Préludes (La Colombe, Un reflet dans le vent, Les sons impalpables di rêve), Vocalise-Étude, Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus (No.XI -IX and XV), Feuillet inédit, St François d'Assise (Le prêche aux oiseaux Acte 2 Tableau 6 extracts), Monodie en 1/4 tons pour une onde seule, Concerto for ondes et orchestre (cadenza) [Jolivet], Fêtes des belles eaux (l'eau). Collégiale Saint-Gengoult, TOUL, France.
5 May 2022 8pm Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Brad Lubman Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform Reveil des oiseaux.hr-Seneshall, Frankfurt, Germany.
6 May 2022 8pm Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Brad Lubman Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform Reveil des oiseaux. deSingel. Antwerp, Belguim.
8 May 2022 7.30pm Irena Troupova, soprano, Jan Dusek, piano perform Harawi. Novomestska radnice, Prague, Czech Rep.
8 May 2022 4pm Nicolas Baldeyrou, clarinet, Mario Brunello, cello, Alina Ibragimova, violin, Samson Tsoy, piano. Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Gagosian, Le Bourget in Richard Serra's "Transmitter", France.
9 May 2022 8pm Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Brad Lubman Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform Reveil des oiseaux. Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.
10 May 2022, 8pm Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Brad Lubman Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform Reveil des oiseaux. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany.
11 May 2022 7.30pm Orquestra de la Comunidad de Madrid/Ruben Gimeno perform Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum. Auditorio Nacional de Musica: Sala Sinfonica, Madrid, Spain.
11 May 2022 8pm Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/Gustavo Gimeno perform Les Offrandes oubliees; Hymne au Saint Sacrament. Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, Spain.
12 May 2022 7.30pm Christoph Korn, clarinet, Enrico Palascino, violin, Peter Albrecht, cello, Anano Gokieli, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. silent green, Berlin, Germany.
13 May 2022 8.30pm Concert et Conference Messiaen: Gaetan Puaud, biographer, Thomas Lacote, organist at La Trinite. Sainte Trinite, Paris, France.
14 May 2022 7.30pm Stephen Gutman, piano performs Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux. Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival, The Old Church, Stoke Newington. UK
15 May 2022 10.30 Soloists of the Teatro la Fenice in Venice perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Festival Biblico Treviso. Auditorium Santa Croce, Treviso, Italy.
17 May 2022 7pm Madeline Capistran, violin, Eric Kutz, cello, Christine Bellamy, clarinet, Miko Kominami, piano perform Quartet for the End of Time. Hall of Mirrors - Paramount Theatre, Iowa, USA.
22 May 2022 8pm Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Sir George Benjamin Cedric Tiberghien, piano perform Oiseaux exotiques. Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.
23 May 2022 7.30pm Byol Kang, violin, Hugo Rodriguez-Herrero, clarinet, Simone Drescher, cello, Cheng Zhang, piano perform Quartet for the End of Time. Zionkirche Berlin, Germany.
24 May 2022 7pm Osana Rapita and Myroslav Dragon, pianos perform Visions de l'Amen. Lyudkevych Concert Hall, Lviv, Ukraine.
25 May 2022 10pm Johannes Schroder, organ performs L'Ascension. St Boniface Church, Weisbaden, Germany.
26 May 2022 1.30pm Paul Provost, organ performs L'Ascension. The Quire, Southwell Minster. UK.
26 May 2022 11.15am Tobias Leschke, organ performs L'Ascension. St Aloysius, Iserlohn, Germany.
26 May 2022 1pm Matthew Owens, organ performs L'Ascension. Belfast Cathedral, Northern Ireland.
26 May 2022 4pm Nils Larsson, organ performs L'Ascension. Katarina kyrka, Stockholm, Sweden.
27 May 2022 6pm Maximilian Schnaus, organ performs L'Ascension. Katharinenkirche, Berlin, Germany.
29 May 2022 12 - 5pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano, performs Catalogue d'oiseaux. The Calder Terrace/or Concert Hall, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark.
31 May 2022 & 1 June 7.30pm and 5 June, 6pm Munster Symphony Orchestra/Golo Berg perform Hymne. Theater Munster, Germany.
2 June 2022 (7.30pm), 4 (8pm) Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Ludovic Morlot Steven Osborne, piano, Deborah O'Grady, Video Artist perform Des Canyons aux etoiles... Beranoya Hall, Seattle, USA.
2 June 2022 8pm Utah Symphony Orchestra/Thierry Fischer Jason Hardinck, piano, Stefan Dohr, horn, Keith Carrick, xylorimba, Eric Hopkins, glockenspiel, Des Canyons aux etoiles... O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, Zion National Park, Utah, USA.
3 June 2022 7pm Manuel Ramos, violin, Adolfo Ramos, cello, Manuel Hernandez, clarinet, Alejandro Barranon, piano perform Quartet for the End of Time. Auditorium Blas Galindo, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Coyoacan, Ciudad de Mexico.
4 June 2022 7pm Paul Schoenfield and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra soloists perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Brewhouse, Seefeld, Austria.
4 June 2022 11.30am Sinfonie Orchester Munster/Golo Berg perform Hymne. Martinikirche, Munster, Germany.
5 June 2022 4pm Jonathan Dimmock, organ. Messe de la Pentecote. Church of the Madeleine, Paris, France.
5 June 2022 6.30pm Jonathan Allsopp, organ performs Messe de la Pentecote. The Quire, Southwell Minster, UK.
5 June 2022 8pm NDR Vokalensemble/ Klaas Stok. Cinq Rechants. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany.
5 June 2022 8pm NDR Vokalensemble/Klaus Stok perform Cinq Rechants. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany.
5 June 2022, 7.30pm Daniel Beilschmidt, organ. Messe de la Pentecote. Paulinum - Aula und Universitatskirche St Pauli, Leipzig, Germany.
5 June 2022 5pm Tom Bell, organ performs Messe de la Pentecote. Blackburn Cathedral, UK.
6 June 2022 12 noon Eberhard Lauer, organ performs L'Ascension; Messe de la Pentecote. St Mary's Cathedral, Hamburg, Germany.
6 June 2022 7pm Eckhard Manz, organ performs Messe de la Pentecote. Pfarrkirche St Johann, Freiburg im Breisgan, Germany.
8June 2022 2pm BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Giulia Contaldo perform Les Offrandes oubliees. RNCM International Artist Diploma Concerti, Manchester, UK.
9 & 12 June 2022 Ojai Music Festival (exact date, time, venue tbc). Julia Bullock, soprano, Conor Hanick, piano in a production directed by Zack Winokur perform Harawi. California, USA.
15 June 2022 8pm Bertrand Chamayou, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus. Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris. France.
18 June 2022 9pm Nicola Benedetti, violin, Mark Simpson, clarinet, Laura van der Heijden, cello, Tom Poster, piano perform Quartet for the End of Time. Aldeburgh Festival Blythburgh Church, Suffolk, UK.
19 June 2022 5pm Hansjorg Albrecht, organ L'Ascension, Collegiate Basilica, Waldsassen, Germany.
19 June 2022 11am Nataliya Abryutina & Arvid Gast, organ, Lisa Wegmann, clarinet, Jakob Kammerlander, violin, Aaron Schroer, cello, Fabian Luchterhandt, piano perform Les Corps Glorieux; Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Jakobikirchof, Lubeck, Germany.
23 June 2022 7pm London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle perform Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum. St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK.
23 June 2022 7pm Sebastian Manz, clarinet, Boulanger Trio perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Kultur-und Kongresszentrum, Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany.
24 June 2022 Quentin Guerillot, organ performs L'Ascension. Festival Saint-Denis, Basilique Saint Denis, Paris, France.
24 June 2022 7pm Oliver Crofts, clarinet, Rachael Kwa, violin, Oliver Russell, cello, Matthew Garvie, piano perform Quartet for the End of Time. Abbotsford Convent, Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford VIC, Australia.
26 June 2022 3pm Cape Chamber Music Collective - Jose Dias, piano, David Bester, violin, Annelize de Villiers, clarinet, David Pinoit, cello, Quartet for the End of Time. Old Nectar Gardens, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
29 June 2022 7.30pm Akoka: Refraiming Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Oregon Bach Festival Beall Concert Hall, USA.
30 June 2022 8pm SWR Sinfonieorchester/Jonathan Stockhammer Thierry Lentz, horn, Bertrand Chamayou, piano, Frank-Michael Guthmann, cello perform Couleurs de la Cite Celeste; Appel interstellaire; Oiseaux exotiques; Louange a l'eternite de Jesus. E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany.
30 June 2022 9pm Cantando Admont perform Cinq Rechants. Festas de Lisboa 2022 Centro Cultural De Belem - Pequeno Auditorio, Portugal.
1 July 2022 10pm Lotte Betts-Dean, soprano, Joseph Havlat, piano performs Harawi. West Cork Chamber Music Festival, St Brendan's Church, Ireland.
1 July 2022 7.30pm Ensemble Modern, Hochschulorchester der HfMDK/Michael Wenderberg Kathrin Isabelle Klein, Miharu Ogura, Ueli Wiget, pianos. Couleurs de la Cite Celeste; Le Courlis cendre; Oiseaux exotiques. Hilf Kirche, Frankfurt, Germany.
4 July 2022 11am Joshua Ryan, organ performs Les corps glorieux. Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK.
6 July 2022 Pianists from Chetham's School of Music perform Catalogue d'oiseaux. 11am Books 1 & 2, 12 noon Books 3 & 4, 2pm Books 5 & 6, 3pm Book 7. The Stoller Hall, Manchester, UK.
7 July 2022 8pm Bahia Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Prazeres Marly Montoni, soprano, Poemes pour Mi. Castro Alves Theatre, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
10 July 2022 5pm WAB 107 Sinfonieorchester der Hochschule fur Musik Nurember/Guido Johannes Rumstadt. L'Ascension. Collegiate Basilica, Waldassen, Germany.
14 - 15 July 2022 8pm SWR Symphonieorchester Damen des WDR Rundfunkchors Damen des SWR Vokalensembles/Pablo Heras-Casado Christoph Grund, piano, Jacques Tchamkerten, ondes Martenot perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine. Liederhalle, Stuttgart; July 16, 8pm Konzerthaus, Freiburg; July 17, 7pm Rosengarten, Mannheim, Germany.
14 July 2022 8pm Orchestre de Paris/Esa-Pekka Salonen Bertrand Chamayou,piano and Nathalie Forget, ondes martenot, perform Turangalila Symphonie. Aix-en-Provence Festival Grand Theatre de Provence, France.
17 July 2022 4pm Music from Copland House ensemble. Neuberger Quartet for the End of Time. Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, USA.
18 July 2022 7.30 Hebrides Ensemble performs Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes and Quartet for the End of Time – Louange a l’Immortalité de Jésus. Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland.
30 April - 2 May 2022 Symposium, Concerts, Films, Exhibition Olivier Messiaen at TOUL. Including Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps, Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus (extracts)
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8 May 2022 10am to 10pm A Messiaen Marathon concert day to save the 'Maison des MESSIAEN' in Fuligny organised by Michel Gueritte the grandson of Messiaen's Aunt Madeleine who lived with her sister in the house that Messiaen frequently visited and composed some of his early works there. The programme will include Thomas Bloch, Ondes Martenot and Dimitri Vassilakis, Piano will perform all the duet works listed in the concert on the 2nd of May (above). There will also be organ works and more - see full details here. Saint Pierre Church, in Bar-sur-Aube, France.
Messiaen Festival in Pays de la Meije from July 20 to July 30.
From July 20 to 30, 2022, in La Grave, with among others, Bertrand Chamayou, Barbara Hannigan, Thomas Kientz, Milan Pala, Katarina Pala, Chœur Spirito, Jenny Daviet, Alphonse Cemin, Orchestre national de Cannes, Tito Ceccherini, Gaëtan Puaud, Alain Louvier, Pascal Dusapin
′′ Vers la lumiére " details on festival-messiaen.com
July 20 2022 7pm Emma Johnson, clarinet and Friends (including Raphael Wallfisch, cello) perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. St Teilo's Church, Llandeilo, Wales UK.
July 29 2022 8.30pm Bertrand Chamayou, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus. Comminges Festival Basilica of Saint-Just, Valcabrere, France.
July 29 2022 7pm Rieko Aizawa, piano, performs Preludes for piano. Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NYC, USA.
1 August 2022 11am Momo Kodama, piano performs Catalogue d'oiseaux, extraits. Auditorium Centre Marcel Pagnol - La Roque d'Antheron, France.
2 August 2022 11am Bertrand Chamayou, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus. Centre Sportifet Culturel Marcel Pagnol - La Roque d'Antheron, France.
14 August 2022 8pm Messiaen Evening - organ, piano and chamber music by Olivier Messiaen. Students and teachers of the University of Siegen St Martin's Church Siegen, Germany.
14 August 2022 9pm Soloists of the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana: Irina Roukavitsina, violin, Paolo Beltramini, clarinet, Felix Vogelsang, cello, Monica Cattarossi, piano, Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Agora, Lugano, Switzerland.
14 August 2022 5pm Soliskoret Ung/Grete Pedersen perform Cinq Rechants. Davos Festival, Davos Congress Centre, Davos, Switzerland.
15 August 2022 6pm Kirill Gerstein, piano, Leila Josefowicz, violin, Paul Watkins, cello, Carol McGonnell, clarinet. Quartet for the End of Time. Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Lensic Performing Arts Center, USA.
17 August 2022 1.15pm Simon Smith, piano, Tom Hankey, violin, Calum Robertson, clarinet, Christoff Fourie, cello, Quartet for the End of Time. Edinburgh Fringe Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland.
22 August 2022 10pm, 23, 8am, 2pm, 5pm, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano performs Catalogue d'oiseaux (performed in four stages over 24 hours)Festival de Lanaudiere, Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre, Canada.
26 August 2022 (9pm), 28th, 11am, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen Yuja Wang, piano, Cecile Lartigau, Ondes Martenot, Turangalila Symphonie. Salzburg Festival, Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria.
26 August 2022 7.30pm (?) Stavanger Symphony Orchestra/Andris Poga Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano Nathalie Forget, ondes Martenot. Turangalila Symphonie. Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway.
2 September 2022 7.30pm The Swedish Radio Choir/Kaspar Putnins perform Cinq Rechants. Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden.
3 September 2022 (time tbc), Rachael Wilson, soprano, Virginie Dejos, piano perform Harawi. Ruhrtriennale, Geblasehalle, Landschaftspark, Duisburg-nord, Germany.
3 September 2022 12 noon Bertrand Chamayou, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus. Festival Ravel Hernani, Fondation Chillida Leku, Spain.
3 September 2022 5pm Conference sur Olivier Messiaen par Bruno Messina. Festival Ravel Saint-Jean-De-Lus, Chapiteau Harriet Baita, France.
4 September 2022 3pm Merz Trio and Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet perform Quartet for the End of Time. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT, USA.
4 September 2022 3.30pm Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle-Aquitaine/Jean-Francois Heisser Jean-Loup Chretein, horn, Jean-Frederic Neuburger, piano perform Des Canyons aux etoiles... Festival Ravel Bayonne, Scene National du Sud-Aquitain, France.
5 September 2022 8pm Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen Yuja Wang, piano, Cecile Lartigau, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany.
6 September 2022 7.30pm Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen Yuja Wang, piano, Cecile Lartigau, Ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Lucerne Festival, KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal, Switzerland.
10 September 2022 7pm Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh/Kevin Fitzgerald Daniel Pesca, piano, Mark Houghton, horn, Jeremy Branson and Hannah Weaver, percussion perform Des Canyons aux etoiles... Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom, Pittsburgh (time and venue tbc),USA.
11 September 2022 7.30pm Chandos Symphony Orchestra/Dan Watson perform L'Ascension. The Forum Theatre, Malvern, UK.
14 - 15 September 2022 8pm Orchestre de Paris/Esa-Pekka Salonen Bertrand Chamayou, piano, Nathalie Forget, ondes Martenot. Turangalila Symphonie. Philharmonie de Paris, France.
15 September 2022 8pm Gulbenkian Orchestra/Pedro Amaral perform Chronochromie. Grande Auditorio, Lisbon, Portugal.
17 -18 September 2022. An Olivier Messiaen Colloquium (part of the European Heritage Days). Chaired by Jerzy Stankiewicz the Polish musicologist, the program is still in planning but will include lecturers, musicologists, artists and Messiaen specialists. There will be a visit to the Maison des Messiaen in Fuligny and a concert by organists Michael Matthes and Pascal Vigneron. Ville-sur-Terre near Bar-sur Aube in Champagne, France.
22 September 2022 7.30pm BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers/Ryan Wigglesworth Sophie Bevan, soprano. perform O sacrum convivium; Poemes pour Mi. City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
23 September 2022 8pm Yann Ghiro, clarinet, Laura Samuel, violin, Rudi De Groote, cello, Ryan Wigglesworth, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
29 September 2022 8pm Lucile Dollat, organ performs Apparition de l'Eglise eternelle; Joie et clarte des Corps glorieux. Auditorium Radio France, Paris, France.
6 October 2022 7.30pm Tamara Stefanovich, piano. Prelude No 2 'Chant d'exstase dans un paysage triste'; Catalogue d'oiseux (2 pieces); Vingt Regards (4 pieces); Canteyodjaya. Kings Place, London. UK.
7 October 2022 7pm Dan Zhu, violin, Florent Heau, clarinet, Henri Demarquette, cello, Pascal Godart, piano. Quatuor pour la fin du Temps. Salle Paderewski, Lausanne, Switzerland.
7 October 2022 8pm Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Mikko Franck. Les Offrandes oubliees. Philharmonie de Paris, France.
7 October 2022 7.30pm The Royal Danish Orchestra/Sylvain Cambreling Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano, perform Oiseaux exotiques. DR Koncerthuzet, Copenhagen, Denmark.
8 October 2022 8pm Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Barbara Hannigan Bertrand Chamayou, piano perform Oiseaux exotiques. Auditorium Radio France, Paris, France.
15 October 2022 7pm Lobkowitz Trio, Karel Dohnal, clarinet, Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Podzimni Festival Duchovni Hodby Corpus Christi Chapel, Konvikt. Czechia.
20 October 2022 9pm Alexandra Wood, violin, Joely Koos, cello, Katharine Spencer, clarinet, Huw Watkins, piano, Quartet for the End of Time. Southwark Cathedral, London, UK.
21 October 2022 8pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano performs Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus. Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany.
23 October 2022 11am Samika Honda, violin, Nicolas Hugon, cello, Jeremy Oberdorf, clarinet, Emmanuel Christien, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Cite de la Musique, Paris, France.
1 - 5 November 2022 Olivier Messiaen International Competition of organ performance. firstname.lastname@example.org. Lyon, France.
4 November 2022 (7.30pm), 5 (6.30pm), 6 (5pm), Tonhalle Orchester Zurich/Paavo Jarvi perform L'Ascension. Grosse Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland.
4 November 2022 8.30pm Ciro Longobardi, piano, Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus. Teatro Municipale Valli, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
5 November 20222 7pm Merz Trio and Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet, Quartet for the End of Time. First Presbyterian Church, Morehead City, USA
6 November 2022 8pm Julia Bullock, soprano, Conor Hanick, piano, Harawi (semi-staged). Ojai Music Festival, Libbey Bowl California, USA.
10-11 November 2022 8.30 Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais/Jose Soares perform L'Ascension. Minas Gerais Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
10 November 2022 8pm Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich/Paavo Jarvi perform L'Ascension. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany.
11 November 2022 7.30pm Academy Symphony Orchestra/John Wilson perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Royal Academy of Music, London, UK
15 November 2022 8pm Jennifer Gilbert, violin, Nicolas Hartmann, cello, Francois Sauzeau, clarinet, Pierre Thibout, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Salle Moliere, Lyon, France.
18 November 2022 7pm Eesti Riiklik Sumfooniaorkester/Joseph Bastian perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Estonioa kontserdisaal, Tallinn, Estonia.
19 November 2022 6pm Barry Jordan, organ performs Les Corps glorieux. Magdeburg Cathedral, Germany.
21 November 2022 8pm Aachen Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Ward, Les Offrandes oubliees. Eurogress, Aachen, Germany.
23 November 2022 8pm Guildhall Symphony Orchestra/Nicholas Collon William Bracken, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot, Turangalila Symphonie. Barbican Hall, London, UK.
27 November 2022 5pm Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and Youth Choir, University of Lisbon/Pedro Neves, Elsa Silva, piano, Thomas Bloch, ondes Martenot perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine. Grand Auditorium of the Cultural Center of Belem, Lisbon, Portugal.
30 November 2022 8pm Isabelle Faust, violin, Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello, Jorg Widmann, clarinet, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Palau de la Musica: Sala de Concerts, Barcelona, Spain.
4 December 2022 (11pm), 5(7.30pm), 2022 Staatsorchester Stuttgart/Cornelius Meister perform Hymne. Liederhalle (Beethovensaal), Stuttgart, Germany.
18-19 December 2022 6.30pm Jonathan Allsopp, organ performs La Nativite du Seigneur. Southwell Minster, UK.
18 December 2022 7pm Sophia Jaffe, violin and Villa Musica Scholarship holders perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. arp museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany.
19 December 2022 6pm Barry Jordan, organ performs Le corps glorieux. Magdeburger Dom, Magdeburger, Germany.
24 December 2022 3pm Daniel Beilschmidt, organ La Nativite du Seigneur. Paulinum-Aula and University Church of St Pauli, Leipzig, Germany.
27 December 2022 6pm Barry Jordan, organ. La Nativite du Seigneur. Magdeburger Dom, Germany.
6 January 2023, 8pm, 7, 8pm and 8, 2pm, Los Angeles Philharmonic & Los Angeles Master Chorale/Michael Tilson Thomas Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, ondiste tba perform Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA.
11 January 2023 8pm Steffen Schleiermacher, piano performs La chouette hulotte; L'Aloulette lulu (Catalogue d'oiseaux), Canteyodjaya. Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany.
16 January 2023 7.30pm (Public dress rehearsal at 9.30am), Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sylvain Cambreling perform L'Ascension. Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Rep.
19 January 2023 8pm Orchestre National de France/Christian Macelaru Cedric Tiberghien, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie Auditorium Radio France, Paris and January 20th, 2023 (time tba), Theatre, Caen, France.
26-27-28 January 2023, 7.30pm San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and SFS Chorus/Michael Tilson Thomas Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, ondiste tba, Trois Petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine. Davies Symphony Hall, San Fransico, USA.
12 February 2023 BBC National Chorus of Wales, Conductor Ludovic Morlot perform O Sacrum Convivium. St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales. UK
14 February 2023 8pm Bertrand Chamayou, piano performs Canteyodjaya. Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.
2 March 2023 and 3 (8pm), 4 (7pm), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Paavo Jarvi perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.
6 March 2023 (time tba), London Symphony Orchestra/Barbara Hannigan perform L'Ascension. De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
9 March 2023 8pm London Symphony Orchestra/Barbara Hannigan perform L'Ascension. Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany.
10 March 2023 8pm London Symphony Orchestra/Barbara Hannigan. L'Ascension. Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium.
12 March 2023 7pm London Symphony Orchestra/Barbara Hannigan perform L'Ascension. Barbican Hall, London, UK.
15 - 16 March 2023 7.30pm Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Lorenzo Viotti perform Les Offrandes oubliees. Musikverein, Vienna, Austria.
16 - 17 March 2023 8pm SWR Symphonieorchester/Brad Lubman Francois-Frederic Guy, piano, Thomas Bloch, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie Stuttgart, Liederhalle, 17 March 7pm Konzerthaus, Freiburg, Germany.
17 -18 March 2023 (8pm), 19th (2PM) New York Philharmonic/Jaap van Zweden Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot., Turangalila Symphonie. David Geffen Hall, New York, USA.
17 March 2023 8pm Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Myung-Whun Chung perform L'Ascension. Auditorium Radio France, Paris.
19 March 2023 2pm Roberto Spano, piano and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Musicians perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, USA.
25 March 2023 8pm Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Robin Ticciati perform Le Tombeau resplendissant. Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.
29 March 2023 & 30 8pm Orchestre National de Lille/James Feddeck, L'Ascension. Auditorium du Nouveau Siecle, Lille, France.
30 March 2023 8pm Orchestre National de France/Christain Macelaru perform Le Tombeau resplendissant. Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France.
31 March 2023(6pm), April 1st (3pm), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Barbara Hannigan perform L'Ascension. Goteborgs Konserthus, Germany.
31 March 2023 (8pm), April 2nd (4pm) Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano/Maxime Pascal Luca Buratto, piano, ondiste tba perform Turangalila Symphonie. Auditoriumdi Milano Fondazione CariploLargo Gustav Mahler, Milan, Italy.
8 April 2023 8pm Orchestre de l'opera national de Paris/Gustavo Dudamel. Un Sourire. Philharmonie de Paris, France.
8 April 2023 8.15pm Het Collectief perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps.Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherlands.
13 April 2023 7.30pm, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ryan Wigglesworth soloists tba perform The Sermon to the Birds: Act II, Tableau 6 from Saint Francois d'Assise. City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
14 -15 April 2023 (7pm), 16 (11am) Barcelona Symphony Orchestra/Ludovic Morlot perform L'Ascension. L'Auditori Hall, Barcelona, Spain.
14 April 2023 7.30pm Orchestre Opera National de Paris/Gustavo Dudamel perform Un Sourire. Musikverein, Vienna, Austria.
16 April 2023 3pm BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ryan Wigglesworth soloists tba perform The Sermon to the Birds: Act II, Tableau 6 from Saint Francois d'Assise. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
16 April 2023 7pm Symphonikerhamburg/Sylvain Cambreling perform L'Ascension. Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany.
22 April 2023 7.30pm Orchestre de l'Opera national de Paris/Gustavo Dudamel perform Un sourire. Barbican Hall, London, UK.
27 April 2023 8pm Chorus and Orchestra Gulbenkian/Myung-Whun Chung Roger Muraro, piano, Sonia Pais, flute, Iva Barbosa, clarinet, Varoujan Bartikian, cello, Marco Fernandes, vibraphone, Nuno Simoes, marimba, Bruno Costa, xylophone perform La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ. Grande Auditorio, Lisbon, Portugal.
4 May 2023 (8pm) and 5 (7,30pm), Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Gustavo Gimeno Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano, Nathalie Forget, ondes Martenot. Turangalila Symphonie. Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada.
4 May 2023 8pm Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra/Kazushi Ono Jan Michaels, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Bozar, Brussels, Belgium.
4 May 2023 8pm Katharine Dain, soprano, Sam Armstrong, piano perform Poemes pour Mi. Concertgebouw, Brugges, Belgium.
5 May 2023 2.30pm Get to know Olivier Messiaen and his musical language. Maarten Beirenss, lecturer. Kammermuziekzall, Concertgebouw, Brugges, Belgium.
5 May 2023 8pm Brussels Philharmonic/Kazushi Ono Jan Michiels, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Concertgebouw, Brugges, Belgium.
12 May 2023 8pm Magdalena Kozena, mezzo soprano, Mitsuko Uchida, piano perform Poemes pour Mi. Konzerthaus, Dortmund, Germany.
19 -20 - 23 May 2023 7.30pm Utah Symphony Orchestra/Thierry Fischer Jason Hardink, piano, Augustin Viard, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Abravenal Hall, Utah, USA.
19 May 2023 7pm Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Nicholas Collon perform L'Ascension. Helsinki Music Centre, Finland.
25 May 2023 & 26(8pm), 27 (7pm), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Simone Young Cedric Tiberghien, piano, Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot perform Turangalila Symphonie. Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.
28 May 2023 7pm Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet, Sitkovetsky Trio perform Quatuor pour la fin du temps. L'Auditori Hall 2, Barcelona, Spain.
7 June 7.30pm Mecklenburgisches Staatskapelle/Joseph Bastion perform L'Ascension. Grosses Haus, Mecklenburg, Germany.
11- 22 - 25 June 2023 July 2nd & 9th (time not given) Staatsorchester Stuttgart and Mitglieder des Staatsopernchores/Titus Engel Cast includes Michael Mayes (Saint Francis), Beate Ritter (Angel), Moritz Kallenberg (The leper) perform Saint Francois d'Assise. Stuttgart Opera, Opera House and Urban Space, Stuttgart, Germany.
CD & Audio Releases
11- 12 - 14 October 2023 8pm Filarmonica della Scala/Zubin Mehta, Yuja Wang, piano. Ondes Martenot tba perform Turangalila Symphonie. Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy.
Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine
Mädchenkantorei am Freiburg Münster
Martina van Lengerich (Director)
Motette-Psallite - MOT DCD 15025
The girls' choir at the Freiburg Minster under the direction of Martina van Lengerich present works by JS Bach, O. Messiaen, WA Mozart, F. Mendelssohn, D. Bartolucci and KA Arnesen.
Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. Alfonso Goméz (piano)
Fabienne Martin (Ondes Martenot)
More information here
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus .
Pi-Hsien Chen (piano)
Aldila - DDD, 2005.
Release date: 19th February 2021
Songs for the End of Time Vol.1.
An intriguing take on Messiaen's famous Quartet made here into a quintet.
Ben Russell (violin, voice) Brandon Ridenour (tumpet, voice) Yoonah Kim (clarinet, voice) Hamilton Berry (cello, voice) Greg Chudzik (bass, voice)
Available from Bandcamp
Catalogue d'Oiseaux. László Borbély (Piano)
Messiaen often chooses 'impalpable' as a performance direction. It is no accident; in his works we enter the visible and tangible transcendent through the intangibility of the invisible. We are faced here with something which is seemingly incompatible with our existence. MRC2004 Released 05/08/2020 From My Reel Club.
see video preview here.
Poèmes pour Mi plus works by Saariaho, Dutilleux, Debussy and Delbos. Katherine Dain (soprano) and Sam Armstrong (piano)
The majority of the program on this disc is written during a period on which the particular composer was facing daring circumstances. Like these two musicians were during the production of Regards sur l’Infini. ‘Views on the eternity’, having an outlook on the relief is an ever-present element on this album. Not able to pinpoint when a certain stressful era will end provoked us. We’ve consequently tried to relieve ourselves with a severe focus on our fascination about creating music. Just what the composers on this album did. And then, when it’s brought so heroic, resonant and immensely prepared and aware this duo does, music gives real freedom to the spirit.
7 Mountain Records 7MNTN-024 (release November '20)
Quartet for the end of Time and Toru Takemitsu: Kathlein II.
Jose Luis Luis Esteresu (Clarinet) Aizol Ituriaga Goitia (violin) David Apelianis (cello) Albert Rosado (piano). IBS Classical No.IBS72020. Releas date:09 July 2020
La Nativite Du Seigneur:
Michael Frith, Organ of Brentwood Cathedral. Herald label HAVPCD414. Release date: 23rd October 2020
Divine Art Recordings is delighted to announce a new album of piano music from English pianist Roderick Chadwick. Alongside the first book from Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux are works by Karol Szymanowski and David Gorton.
Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux for solo piano evokes the sights and sounds of the French landscape, exploring time and memory across its two and a half-hour span. The diversity of Messiaen’s imagination can be heard in the progression from the sharp, solitary cries of the alpine chough to the fanfares of the golden oriole and harmonious, sapphire-blue sea along the Roussillon coast, where the headlands (in the composer’s words) ‘stretch into the sea like crocodiles’. Release date October 2020.DDA25209
Huit Préludes, Ile de Feu I&II, Fantasie Burlesque. Chiara Cipelli, piano. Release date: 10th February 2020. Piano Classics
La Nativité du Seigneur is played by Krakow-born organist Arcadius Biarich. DUX records. DUX1557
DEBUSSY - Étude retrouvée • Les Soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon. MESSIAEN -Morceau de lecture à vue • Des canyons aux étoiles… (excerpts) • La Fauvette passerinette. BOULEZ -Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo • 12 Notations • Une page d’éphéméride. RAVEL - Menuet in C sharp minor. Release date: 05 May 2020. NAXOS 8.573894.
Tom Winpenny performs Meditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité.
Tamara Stefanovich performs Canteyodjaya and works by
Ives, Bartok and Bach. Pentatone ASIN: B07MCXWQHM
Connections - The music of Olivier Messiaen and his students.Matthew Odell, piano.
Albany Records. ASIN:B07MM6PGNT
This recording pairs three works by Messiaen with works by Tristan Murail, Pierre Boulez, and Michel Merlet. Odell worked with Boulez and Merlet on this repertoire and is giving world-premiere recordings of the Merlet pieces.
A rare recording has come to light by British conductor Reginald Goodall performing L'Ascension with the Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden in 1961. Full details can be found on the Pristine Classical web site here.
Harawi. Sarah Maria Sun (soprano), Stefka Perifanova (piano)Label: Mode Cat No: MODLP310
Format: LP Number of Discs: 2 Expected Release Date: 10th January 2020Includes 12-page book with complete lyrics plus extensive text on Harawi by Siglind Brun, including copious illustrations and musical examples. NB: there is no CD format release.
THE COMPLETE VÉGA RECORDINGS 1956-1963 BY Yvonne Loriod
Works by Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Schumann, Aleniz, deFalla Berg, Webern, Schoenberg,
Henze, Boulez, Barraqué, Stravinsky and Messiaen.
13 CDs album. Decca UPC 00028948170692
Charles Chaynes - Piano Concerto (1967 World Premier)
Yvonne Loriod with the ORTF Chamber Orchestra
Radio broadcast, France. Kipepeo Publishing. ASIN: B06Y286DZ7
First recording of Les Fauvettes de l'Hérault - Concert des garrigues (reconstructed by Roger Muraro - see below) Harmonia Mundi - HMM905304 together with Debussy's Études as part of the Debussy Centenary Edition.
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus by Martin Helmchen.
Alpha. ASIN B07MLB1CWX
Catalogue d'Oiseaux by Ciro Longobardi.
Piano Classics PCL10155
Turangalila Symphonie Yutaka Sado (Conductor), Tonkünstler-Orchester, Roger Muraro (Piano), Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (Ondes Martenot)
Tonkünstler (Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-)ASIN: B07FT6JMQ9
Messiaen: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste. Bruckner: Symphony No.8
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle.
The London Symphony Orchestra's Couleurs de la Cité Céleste (with Aimard as soloist)
was recorded live at the Barbican in April 2016 and is released on the orchestra's own label.
Available Format: DVD Video + Blu-ray
South African pianist Benjamin Fourie performs Messiaen's Huit Préludes alongside compositions by fellow South African composers Étienne van Rensburg and (British born) Malcolm Dedman. Benjamin Fourie performed the South African premiere of Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus and it is with great regret that Benjamin passed away soon after the release of this CD. Enquiries and purchase: email@example.com
Renowned French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard kicks off his exclusive engagement to PENTATONE with a recording of Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux (1956-1958). The pianist had intimate ties to the composer himself and his wife, Yvonne Loriod, for whom Messiaen wrote the Catalogue. This is a truly pioneering and groundbreaking recording of Messiaen's masterpiece. Pierre-Laurent brings extraordinary naturalism to the music and his sonic painting takes the playing to another level of virtuosity. An incredible achievement. The luxurious CD box set contains an accompanying bonus DVD, on which Aimard shares his vast knowledge of and love for Messiaen’s work from behind the piano. PENTATONE PTC 5186 670
Jean-Rodolphe Kars performsVingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus. Recorded live by Dutch radio at a concert in the Kleine Zaal of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 30 April 1976
There have been many Messiaen pianists of note to perform and record his music during the last half-century, not least thanks to the composer’s generosity as a teacher of both the technical and spiritual aspects of his music, which go hand in hand as they do for very few others. Save for Messiaen’s second wife Yvonne Loriod, however, none of those pianists can claim so direct and profound an understanding of the composer and his music as Jean-Rodolphe Kars. This makes the present issue of a hitherto unreleased recording of the Vingt Regards all the more significant:.
Olivier Messiaen Organ Works
One can not be grateful enough for the way one of the greatest composers of the 20th century contributed to the organ tradition.
This playlist is a work in progress, i.e. it will include Messiaen's complete organ works in due time, also for educational purposes.
Visit Willem's Official site for more interesting projects on Messiaen's organ works including 'Olivier Messiaen and the Cave of Forgotten Sounds'
This project presents movements of Livre du Saint Sacrement interspersed wth responses and improvisations by Willem one of which is a tribute to Claire Delbos:
In Memoriam Claire Delbos.
Some CD reviews
Intégrale de l’oeuvre pour piano solo
Haruka Miyazaki (Piano)
Huit Preludes, La Fauvette Des Jardins, La Dame de Shalott.
Release date 10 November 2019. 299Music HMV Japan
Over the past 20 years or so the number of performances and recordings of Messiaen’s music has steadily grown in Japan although for those of us living outside the country (especially in Europe) it has been notoriously difficult to obtain CDs and when we can they prove to be very expensive when import and customs duty is slammed on. This said, it is often the case that us ‘foreigners’ are amply rewarded with exquisitely produced products and fine performances.
Haruka Miyazaki has embarked on a journey claiming to record all the solo piano works by Messiaen and this is the third in the series. Volumes ‘Messiaen I and II’ are devoted to the Catalogue d’oiseaux and I have yet to listen or obtain these but I was particularly intrigued by the collection of works on Messiaen III as it included La Dame de Shalott, Messiaen’s Opus 1 inspired by the Tennyson poem and composed when he was just eight years old.
The CD opens with the 8 Preludes Messiaen’s first published work. Composed when he was twenty he had already a passionate love of birds but without the knowledge of how to write down their songs. However, he did have an innate sense of sound-colour and the Preludes draw on his developing work with modes of limited transposition. There are obvious nods to Debussy and Ravel but Messiaen never regarded the work as impressionistic. Miyazaki has an ideal touch to convey the musical colours and shape of the pieces as well as a clear sense of melodic and harmonic balance. There is just one (repeated) mis-read chord in No.2 (Chant d’extase dans un paysage triste) that takes away a little of the intended spice.
La Fauvette des Jardins (The Garden Warbler) 1970 is the main filling in this musical sandwich. Messiaen’s longest and most substantial piano solo (dedicated to birdsong) to date. The piece traces a sequence of natural events at Petichet (Messiaen’s summer retreat) from night time through daybreak, morning, afternoon, evening then full circle to night. Pianists taking on this work find themselves having to be their own ‘film director’ in the sense that the birdsongs are only part of this vast canvas that also includes ‘the night’, the undulating water of Lake Laffrey, the alders and above all the Grand Serre mountain, whose colourful hues change as the sun passes over during the day. Miyazaki rises to these challenges with unshaken security and a sense of drama and occasion. The song of the Fauvette des jardins is always forte and often tenaciously relentless and the playing remains persuasive and well shaped with all tenuto’s and accents observed, making this version comparable to the Loriod version of 1973 on Erato that was always the benchmark.
The CD concludes with La Dame de Shalott Messiaen’s first acknowledged composition worthy of inclusion in the catalogue of his works.
It was never published but Yvonne Loriod recorded a version in 1975 as part of the then ‘Integrale de l’oeuvre pour piano’ on Erato.
This is what Messiaen stated in the Erato booklet:
“In this “Lady of Shalott” a child’s imagination runs unleashed. Nothing is missing: the castle, the inflection of the spoken word, the song of Lady Shalott (weaving!), Sir Lancelot on horseback, the broken mirror, the tapestry which flies out of the window, the falling willow leaves and the death of the lady who lies in a boat drifting down the river (barcarole!)”.
Roger Muraro delivers a guided tour of La Dame de Shalott as part of the bonus DVD in his Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus presentation on Accord. He uses a manuscript supplied (reluctantly) by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and the music is that of her 1975-recorded version.
This version is in three parts and here are the names of each musical ‘scene’:
Part 1 – The magic castle – peasant’s conversations.
Part 2 – The weaver and La Dame d’Shalott singing at the spinning wheel.
Part 3 – Sir Lancelot rides on horseback – La Dame sees the knight – The magic mirror breaks – The wind blows the tapestry – The parting of the willow branches where she sees the boat – Finally she dies and drifts away in the boat.
Miyazaki was intrigued with La Dame de Shalott and felt she should include it in a ‘complete works’ recording. To achieve this she had to make a trip to the BNF in France to gain access to the original manuscript, which she duly did but was not able to remove the script or take photos. However, they did allow her to copy it in pencil by hand. So this is the world premiere of the ‘version non remaniée’ (unedited).
This version begins as above with Part 1 and 2 and mostly the same material as the Loriod (but for a couple of either mis-read or changed chords in the spinning wheel scene). Then the music proceeds straight into a version of the final scene where La Dame dies and floats away in the boat, after which the piece repeats from the start. So we don’t get Sir Lancelot riding on horseback – La Dame sees the knight – The magic mirror breaks – The wind blows the tapestry – or the parting of the willow branches where she sees the boat.
Nonetheless, after 102 years we finally have the original version of La Dame de Shalott and we must thank Haruka Miyazaki for her resourcefulness and dedication.
Meticulous care has been taken in the production of this CD, however the empty concert hall acoustic proved a little too reverberant to my ears to suit a sense of ‘outdoors’ in La Fauvette des Jardins.
MESSIAEN EDITION 18 CD BOXED SET. Warner Classics 2564 62162-2
When I was first exposed to the music of Messiaen many years ago now, it was through the French recordings of the Vega and Erato records. It’s easy to forget just how difficult these recordings were to get hold of in those days even though France was a mere 24 miles away, record imports were rare and expensive. Of course nowadays we can obtain a recording from the other side of the world within a couple of days (immediately if it’s available online) such was not the case then. In the mid 80s Erato had the good sense to put together a 17 CD box set of all these early and sometimes first recordings of their Messiaen catalogue.
These were presented in a bright rainbow coloured box with all the CDs in hard jewel cases each with their own booklet so the size was not unlike that of a car battery and almost weighing as much! As with many contemporary releases around this time it was soon deleted and became impossible to find. It is these recordings that Warner Classics have resurrected and have had the even better sense to present them in slip in wallets and fold out box where in this case the accompanying booklet weighs more than the CDs and takes up far less space.
So I grew up with a lot of this material and although some are more than forty years old now they still stand up as marvellous interpretations. Yes there have been many newer performances as we enter the 21st century and all have merits of one kind or another but we must remember that many of these Erato recordings were supervised by Messiaen himself and this I’m sure gives that ‘something special’ element that is sometimes lacking in present day performances.
The Eglise Notre-Dame du Liban was never that well sound proofed and the Paris traffic still rumbles by as Yvonne Loriod bravely soldiers through the Catalogue d’Oiseaux. Rather more disturbing is that Warner decided to introduce a ‘noise gate’ during the transfer of Le Loriot in an attempt to eradicate some pre echo that was present on the original recordings. This has resulted in the natural reverberation of the piano being ‘sucked’ out to an artificial silence after the opening chords. I personally would have lived with the slight pre echo and retained the piano resonance but there you are! And don’t try to skip directly to track 4 of CD17 (Des canyons aux étoiles) as you’ll miss the attack of the first chord.
There are a couple of new additions to the set. Turangalila Symphonie and Réveil des Oiseaux are recordings made by Kent Nagano after the composer's death. This reading of Turangalila is surely one of the most exciting but for a mis-placed cymbal crash in the last movement that presumably couldn’t be repaired due it being a live recording.
These minor points aside, this set is an invaluable tool to any student or listener coming to Messiaen for the first time as well as seasoned specialists who missed out on the original set. The booklet contains all the original notes (many by Messiaen) and texts to the choral works in English and French.
Although we still await re releases of the early Loriod piano material and the Erato Fetes des Belles Eaux recording, the Messiaen Edition is a truly welcome re issue and superb value for money for which Warner Classics must be applauded.
©Malcolm Ball 2005
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus Yvonne Loriod 1975 (Erato), Pierre-Laurent Aimard 1999 (Teldec) Steven Osborne 2001 (Hyperion)
After trawling through various catalogues worldwide it appears that Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus is Messiaen's most recorded piano work since Yvonne Loriod's first recordings on Pathé 78s and subsequent LPs in 1956, my Vega boxed set of which, after wife and child, would probably be the first thing I would grab from a burning house!
With so many recordings past and present its been hard to single out individual offerings as most pianists have brought differing characteristics to this work over the years. Indeed its also been interesting to hear how Loriod's own interpretations have changed through time.
My first exposure to Vingt Regards was not Loriod but the Hungarian born Thomas Rajna who came to the Wigmore Hall, London to perform the cycle in its entirety I think as part of a tour to promote his newly released recording of the work on 3 LPs for the Saga Record label. Since then there have been offerings from the likes of John Ogden, Malcolm Troup, Michel Béroff, Hakon Austbo, Volker Banfield, Joanna MacGregor, Louise Bessette, Roger Muraro, Angela Hewitt, Jean-Rodolphe Kars and Peter Hill whose complete Messiaen Piano Music is on Regis Records.
The three contenders I have chosen represent real landmarks in the recording of Vingt Regards. I was always of the somewhat conceited opinion that a Loriod performance was the definitive - this was until I heard Aimard and Osborne when I realized that as history develops so a new higher level of interpretation develops. It is a fact of life that standards rise and boundaries are broken down, we see this in education constantly but I have to admit that it came as quite a shock to hear these performances and not be disappointed from the word go.
After hearing the first two bars of Regard du Pere played by Steven Osborne I thought at last someone (with the exception of Peter Hill) has captured what I think is the true tempo and spirit of this movement. So often it is far too fast as was the case of the then youthful Béroff, or its too muddy and unclear. This is reflected in the timings of this movement: Loriod 5.21, Aimard 6.10 but Osborne a winner at 8.10. I'm not saying that this cosmically slow pace always works, indeed in the last movement where Osborne takes a massive 15.34 to reveal the Church of Love against Aimards 11.59 can seem a bit ponderous - here Loriod gets it just right (as always).
Pierre-Laurent Aimard has made a feature of Regard de l'Esprit de joie as an encore in his recitals and his dazzling technical fireworks always brings the house down but generally I found some subtleties in his interpretation less convincing overall. Take for example the slow right hand chords in the 'Rappell de "la Vierge et l'enfant" section of Premiére communion de la Vierge - Aimard comes across as too bell like, almost 'clanky' whereas Loriod and especially Osborne has these chords merely glistening in the heavens.
The fiendishly difficult Par Lui tout á été fait has Steven Osborne playing like a man possessed shaving off a good minute and half from Aimard - real edge of the seat stuff!
All three seem to reach a happy medium in Regard de l'Esprit de joie with performances around eight and half minutes although Aimard's 'ritual oriental dance and hunt' are swifter.
Osborne's bird passages are particularly stunning with crystal clear articulation, speed and colour (I would dearly look forward to a Catalogue d'Oiseaux by this extraordinary pianist) akin to Messiaen's own interpretation of bird passages in his early recordings of Ile de feu 1 and Harawi.
One always comes back to the sheer stylish and deep understanding of Yvonne Loriod's playing - she really 'digs in' to all the accents and never misses an articulation so important in Messiaen's piano music where there is so much happening melodically not just between hands but between fingers (for example:' Les bras tendus vers l'amour' in Le baiser de l'enfant Jesus). This Erato set is increasingly hard to find but should still be available. Aimard's and Osborne's are readily available with Osborne's presented in a stylish jewel case and invaluable booklet with notes by Nigel Simeone quoting from Messiaen's own diary entries at the time of composing Vingt Regards.
Both the Teldec and the Hyperion recording suffer from the digital characteristic of a slight lack of piano 'depth' in the bass register. This is clearly heard in such movements as La parole toute-puissante and Noël where Messiaen asks for a reverberating tam-tam sound on the lowest three notes of the keyboard. Here they sound a little 'wooden' but the Loriod - Erato scores hands down as the ADD recording captures that growling depth impeccably.
If you only have one version of Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus it has to be Yvonne Loriod. If you can have two versions or you can't get hold of the Erato then the Steven Osborne - Hyperion is a must. He has certainly left his mark on this piece with this highly recommended presentation.
Olivier Messiaen Live: Improvisations inédites La Praye Disques
I stumbled on La Praye, a tiny web site and equally tiny independent label specializing in music for the organ, purely by chance. Based in Rully, France and Montreal, Quebec their small but highly significant catalogue revealed this 2 CD set of Messiaen improvising at the organ of La Trinité.
That these recordings came about at all is something of a small two pronged miracle, and is thanks to the ingenuity of Olivier Glandaz the organ builder who since 1977 has been responsible for the maintenance of the organ at La Trinité. It was his idea to make recordings of Messiaen's improvisations during some of the religious ceremonies and Sunday Masses at the church. The other prong of this small miracle is down to Maxime Patel the producer of the CD. Apparently Maxime Patel was approached by Jeanne Loriod in 2001 with an idea to mark the 10th anniversary of Messiaen's death with a release of a CD including Fête des Belles Eaux. Sadly this project was never realized due to the sudden death of Jeanne Loriod the same year. So Patel decided to honour the occasion with the release of these improvisations.
Olivier Glandaz recorded these improvisations between 1984 and 1987 using 'non professional' equipment and thanks to the remastering skills of Laurent Olivier we are presented with nearly two and a half hours of the maître at work. Armed only with his little well used book of Gregorian chant melodies, Messiaen weaves his magic over an often spellbound congregation who respond with spontaneous applause giving thanks for bringing into focus musically the lesson that had been read.
There are 29 improvisations in all displaying all aspects of Messiaen's organ technique and fondness for the characteristic combination registers of the Trinité organ in styles ranging from the sublime Priére du Christ montant vers son Pére (L'Ascension) and Priére avant la communion (Livre du Saint Sacrement) to fiery toccata moments a la Dieu Parmi Nous.
Organ music has always been notorious to record because of the inherent nature of location. The rumble of traffic, the slamming of the odd door has to be accepted on the best recordings and yes there is background noise and yes there is the odd clunking of furniture down below in the church but this never dims the experience of hearing this music in the spirit it was performed and for those of us who were never lucky enough to be part of the congregation at La Trinité these recordings are surely the next best thing. There is a DVD available (see 'resources' page) which features Messiaen improvising, again an invaluable document but one which lacks the spontaneity induced by a 'live' audience or congregation and that's what makes these CDs so important both to the Messiaen scholar and the interested listener.
Sadly these CDs are no longer available commercially (2020)
MESSIAEN: Visions de l’Amen; 4 Etudes de rythme; Cantéyodjâya
Paul Kim, Matthew Kim, pianos. Centaur Records 2668 -- 73 minutes
This is the third release in Paul Kim’s complete Messiaen cycle, which is shaping up to be the new reference recording. In addition to being a terrific pianist, Kim is a true Messiaen scholar, having earned a PhD in musicology from New York University. The research has clearly paid off for these performances: the quality of his sound and gestures is, as the composer’s widow and pianist Yvonne Loriod avers, “perfect in every way.”
The pieces collected here are not for the newcomer to Messiaen: they include two difficult works from the late 1940s, one of which (Quatre Etudes de rythmes) is generally credited with—or blamed for—inspiring the spread of serialism after World War II. The other (Cantéyodjâya) is a fast but static collage made from a small handful of quirky musical ideas, which Messiaen has identified with fanciful names of Hindu origin.
For the big piece here, the bombastic yet austere Visions de l’Amen of 1943, Kim’s son Matthew, a prodigious young talent, joins him at a second piano. The two play with remarkable single-mindedness, idiosyncratic (and wonderful) voicings, terrific control over a dynamic range from butterfly-wing pianissimo to thundering sforzando, and just enough expression to light up Messiaen’s slabs of sound without diminishing their abstract mystical power.
IAN QUINN Read more Paul Kim reviews of Messiaen's piano music at musicweb-international.com/
Unlike several years ago, there are now many recordings of Messiaen's vast piano cycle Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus and Jacqueline Chew's account must rate among the top contenders. This is a fine balanced and well focused recording (perhaps a little light in the bass register which is often inherent with digital recordings) with great clarity and colour. Tempos are generally good throughout and capture Messiaen's complex time scales well. Perhaps Jacqueline Chew's absolute fortissimos dont have quite the shere brute force of Osborne or Aimard but they are nonetheless gripping and powerful. It would have been nice to read some more analytical sleeve notes rather than just Messiaen's score notes. Overall a well presented and engaging package.
Dame Gillian Weir and Olivier Messiaen
THE LEGENDARY MESSIAEN RECORDINGS REISSUED
"Our generation is the fortunate recipient of this remarkable testament to Gillian Weir's intellectual, spiritual and musical affinity with Messiaen's music. Messiaen's own recordings inspire us, but Gillian Weir's transport us to a seemingly ideal plane, where music, technique and organ sound blend into something greater than their parts."
[Organists' Review, February 1995]
In the year which marks the 10th Anniversary of the composer's death, Priory Records announces the reissue on its own label of Gillian Weir's legendary recordings of the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen. When the set was originally issued by Collins Classics, critics all over the world were unanimous not only in their praise of the performances, but also in their respect for the fundamental musical affinity between performer and composer. "This corpus of organ music - incontrovertibly the most profound and significant of the twentieth century - has here found a recording which in itself is a landmark in the history of recorded sound" wrote one critic. "There is no doubt that Gillian Weir's recording of the complete Messiaen is the reference by which all other performances will now be judged", wrote another. BBC Music Magazine chose the set as one of its "Best CD's of 1994".
The complete cycle - which Messiaen personally urged Gillian Weir to commit to CD - was recorded on the famous organ of Aarhus Cathedral in Denmark during January and February 1994: the original recordings were made in association with BBC Radio 3.
Priory have remastered the recordings and made the series available separately for the first time: there are four single CD's, and one double CD, the latter including the Livre du Saint Sacrement. Dame Gillian herself has written booklet notes for the series, reflecting many decades of association with the composer and his organ music. The first CD [PRCD 921 - La Nativite du Seigneur, Le Banquet Celeste, L'Apparition de l'Eglise Eternelle] was issued on 29 October 2002 when Dame Gillian opened the 2002/3 Organ Recital series at London's Royal Festival Hall.
These are superb recordings and Priory have done a magnificent job in making them available again with excellent presentation enhanced by Mark Rowan-Hull's artwork inspired and based on Messiaen's music.
The fifth and sixth volume are combined into this final 2-CD set. The works include Livre du Sacrement, and three new additional works published after Messiaen's death:
• Offrande au Saint Sacrement
These three pieces were not in the original issue of this series, but were recently recorded for this re-release series on the same organ at Århus Cathedral.
This disc also contains an exceptional 30-page booklet that is becoming a notable hallmark of each disc in this series:
• Notes by the player herself, recognised as a Messiaen authority throughout the world, writer on his organ music in Faber's The Messiaen Companion, and and able to give unique insights into the way a performer thinks about the music;
• Reproductions of original paintings by Mark Rowan-Hull who is famous for translating into visual terms his vision of the organ music of Messiaen;
• Articles by distinguished scientists from Oxford and London Universities on the latest research into synaesthesia;
• Stoplists of the Århus organ as well as La Trinité, with descriptions of Messiaen's experiences and changes he desired on that instrument;
• List of organ works, when and if they were published and performed;
• Timeline of important milestone's in Messiaen's life.
“Gillian Weir's cycle remains the best of all, and she, playing the marvellous Frobenius instrument at Århus, brings that special spaciousness and intensity to the Livre that distinguishes her cycle as a whole... It is, quite simply, one of the finest organ recordings ever made.”
Arnold Whittall, October 2004 Awards issue of Gramophone
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