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Messiaen: Quartet For The End Of Time, Etc

Release Date: 01/11/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 75629   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Yvonne LoriodWolfgang MeyerManuel Fischer-DieskauChristoph Poppen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This reissue of two thirds of Messiaen’s published chamber music is pretty much self-recommending. The performances have the composer’s wife and muse Yvonne Loriod at the piano and were recorded in the composer’s presence (the latter, incidentally, is not necessarily a guarantee of anything—over the course of his long life Messiaen gave his blessing to several performances of the same work that vary wildly from both each other and the published scores). More important is Loriod’s unique understanding of her husband’s writing—all of his scores after 1948 that feature a piano were written specifically with her in mind—and the basic rightness of the sound. The Quatour is one of the most original chamber conceptions in the literature, and here Read more its perpetual newness is constantly before the listener. The only other performance I know that captures this quality as well is the one by Tashi that is now 30 years old. I confess to slightly preferring the performance of the early Theme and Variations by Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich on Deutsche Grammophon (1932) where it is coupled with Bartók and Janá?ek. Excellent sound, skimpy, inadequate notes, and a glorious hour of music—recommended.

John Story, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Yvonne Loriod (Piano), Wolfgang Meyer (Clarinet), Manuel Fischer-Dieskau (Cello),
Christoph Poppen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 
Thčme et Variations for Violin and Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Yvonne Loriod (Piano), Christoph Poppen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 

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