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Messiaen: Chamber Works / Hebrides Ensemble


Release Date: 05/01/2008 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 314   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Maximiliano MartinWilliam ConwayAlexander JaniczekSarah Bevan-Baker,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hebrides Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Released in order to celebrate the centenary of Olivier Messiaen's birth, this album is a comprehensive collection of Messiaen's Chamber works. Included is the first recording of the recently published work for violin and piano - Fantaisie. Includes informative booklet notes by Messiaen expert Nigel Simeone. Also included is a lovely letter about Le Merle Noir from one of the people who won the 1952 competition it was written for. The Hebrides Ensemble has built a solid reputation as Scotland's foremost chamber group, touring frequently throughout Scotland, appearing at international music festivals and broadcasting regularly on BBC Radio 3. The Ensemble has commissioned and premiered new works by more than forty composers including Nigel Read more Osborne, Sally Beamish, Stuart MacRae and Gordon McPherson and performs a celebrated series of concerts each year at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 'Currently Scotland's most exciting mixed chamber ensemble specializing in contemporary music' - The Scotsman 'Engaging, stimulating and satisfying' - Gramophone 'Reminiscent of Britten at his best...certainly worth knowing.' *****Classic FM 'These are superb performances...placing this firmly among the best accounts on disc.' ****BBC Music Magazine 'Absolutely captivating and a wonderful contribution to the centenary of Messiaen's birth - highly recommended." *****SA-CD.net "Vivid, beautifully judged performances from the Hebrides Ensemble.' ****The Guardian Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Maximiliano Martin (Clarinet), William Conway (Cello), Alexander Janiczek (Violin),
Sarah Bevan-Baker (Violin), Philip Moore (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hebrides Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 
Length: 43 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Thème et Variations for Violin and Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Philip Moore (Piano), Alexander Janiczek (Violin), Sarah Bevan-Baker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hebrides Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Piece for Piano and String Quartet by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Philip Moore (Piano), Catherine Marwood (Viola), Sarah Bevan-Baker (Violin),
Alexander Janiczek (Violin), William Conway (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hebrides Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Fantasie for Violin and Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Philip Moore (Piano), Alexander Janiczek (Violin), Sarah Bevan-Baker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hebrides Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Le merle noir by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Rosemary Elliot (Flute), Philip Moore (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hebrides Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Quatuor pour la fin du temps: I. Liturgie de cristal (Crystal Liturgy)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: II. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (Vocalise, for the Angel Announcing the End of Time)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: III. Abime des oiseaux (The Abyss of the Birds)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: IV. Intermede (Interlude)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: V. Louange a l'Eternite de Jesus (Praise to the Eternity of Jesus)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: VI. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes (Dance of Wrath, for the Seven Trumpets)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: VII. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (Tangle of Rainbows, for the Angel Announcing the End of Time)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: VIII. Louange a l'immortalite de Jesus (In Praise of the Immortality of Jesus)
Thème et variations: Theme and Variations
Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes: Piece for Piano and String Quartet
Fantaisie
Le merle noir

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