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Pour Mi - Songs By Olivier Messiaen & Claire Delbos / Nordskog, Bakke

Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Lawo Classics   Catalog #: 1051   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Olivier MessiaenClaire Delbos
Performer:  Liv Elise NordskogSigne Bakke
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Who was “Mi,” who inspired Messiaen to write the lovely and intricate work Poèmes pour Mi? This was one of the questions Liv Elise Nordskog and Signe Bakke asked when they began work on this album, after having immersed themselves in Messiaen’s rich and diverse tonal world for many years.

The poet Cécile Sauvage was Messiaen’s mother. Her cycle of poems dating from 1908, L’Âme en Bourgeon (The Soul in Bud) was written while she was awaiting the birth of her son. Almost 30 years later, Olivier Messiaen and his wife, violinist and composer Claire Delbos, were themselves expecting a child. During this time, Delbos set to music the poem cycle of her deceased mother-in-law. At the same time, Messiaen composed
Read more a song cycle entitled Poèmes pour Mi — his pet name for his wife Claire.

L’Âme en Bourgeon and Poèmes pour Mi were premiered at the same concert in Paris in 1937. It is the only time the two works are known to have been performed together — until the recording of this CD! Read less

Works on This Recording

Poèmes pour Mi by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Liv Elise Nordskog (Soprano), Signe Bakke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Mélodies (3) by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Liv Elise Nordskog (Soprano), Signe Bakke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
L’âme en bourgeon by Claire Delbos
Performer:  Liv Elise Nordskog (Soprano), Signe Bakke (Piano)

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