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Messiaen: Quartuor pour la fin du Temps / Moragues, Trio Wanderer


Release Date: 08/11/2017 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501987  
Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Pascal Moragučs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio

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‘And the angel . . . sware . . . that there should be Time no longer’: these words from the Book of Revelation inspired the conception of this famous quartet for piano, violin, cello and clarinet – the instruments played by the musicians who were Messiaen’s fellow captives in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1941. Created in exceptionally testing conditions, it sums up the composer’s experiments and innovations, notably rhythmic. Whether augmented, diminished, regular, irregular or non-retrogradable, these rhythms opened wide the gates to a new music, and earned the quartet its place among the supreme masterworks. ‘And the angel . . . sware . . . that there should be Time no longer’: these words from the Book of Revelation inspired the conception of this famous quartet for piano, violin, cello and clarinet – the instruments played by the musicians who were Messiaen’s fellow captives in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1941. Created in exceptionally testing conditions, it sums up the composer’s experiments and innovations, notably rhythmic. Whether augmented, diminished, regular, irregular or non-retrogradable, these rhythms opened wide the gates to a new music, and earned the quartet its place among the supreme masterworks. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Pascal Moragučs (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 
2.
Thčme et Variations for Violin and Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Pascal Moragučs (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 

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