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Messiaen: Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps / Widmann, Altstaedt, Lonquich

Messiaen / Widmann / Lonquich
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 840121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Carolin WidmannJörg WidmannNicolas AltstaedtAlexander Lonquich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 2008, Carolin Widmann, Jörg Widmann, Nicolas Altstaedt and Alexander Lonquich performed Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the end of time for violin, clarinet, cello and piano with the seriousness of spirit and subtle understatement that the work requires. Composed in 1940 in a German prisoner-of-war camp, Messiaen here reached a pinnacle of his composing career at the age of just 31. In this work he conveys to his listeners his spiritual interpretation of (musical) time and plays of colour. With these four exceptional chamber musicians, all masters of their art, the Salzburg Festival was treated to an exemplary performance of this work. In 2008, Carolin Widmann, Jörg Widmann, Nicolas Altstaedt and Alexander Lonquich performed Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the end of time for violin, clarinet, cello and piano with the seriousness of spirit and subtle understatement that the work requires. Composed in 1940 in a German prisoner-of-war camp, Messiaen here reached a pinnacle of his composing career at the age of just 31. In this work he conveys to his listeners his spiritual interpretation of (musical) time and plays of colour. With these four exceptional chamber musicians, all masters of their art, the Salzburg Festival was treated to an exemplary performance of this work. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Carolin Widmann (Violin), Jörg Widmann (Clarinet), Nicolas Altstaedt (Cello),
Alexander Lonquich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 

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