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London Philharmonic Orchestra & Christoph Eschenbach - Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Etoiles (2015)

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London Philharmonic Orchestra & Christoph Eschenbach - Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Etoiles (2015)
Artist: London Philharmonic Orchestra & Christoph Eschenbach
Title Of Album: Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Etoiles
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Country: Europe
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks, booklet)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:40:55
Full Size: 395 MB






Tracklist:

CD1
Part One
01 I. Le Desert (4:29)
02 II. Les Orioles (6:10)
03 III. Ce qui est ecrit sur les etoiles... (7:21)
04 IV. Le Cossyphe d’Heuglin (4:25)
05 V. Cedar Breaks et le Don de Crainte (8:30)
Part Two
06 VI. Appel interstellaire (05:00)
07 VII. Bryce Canyon et les rochers rouge-orange (15:01)

CD 2
Part Three
01 VIII. Les Ressuscites Et Le Chant De L'Etoile Aldebaran (12:08)
02 IX. Le moqueur polyglotte (11:22)
03 X. La grive des bois (4:42)
04 XI. Omao, Leiothrix, Elepaio, Shama (9:56)
05 XII. Zion Park et la Cite Celeste (11:37)

Commissioned in 1971 by Alice Tully, Olivier Messiaen's Des canyons aux etoiles (From the canyons to the stars) was planned for the celebration of the bicentennial of the United States Declaration of Independence, though it was given its premiere performance in 1974. Messiaen found inspiration in Bryce Canyon in Utah, which he visited, and the music is an evocation of the vivid scenery and bird songs he encountered, though it should also be understood more broadly as a mystical hymn to nature, outer space, and heaven. In many ways, this large-scale, multi-movement work is reminiscent of Messiaen's Turangalila-symphonie, though prominent in this score is a group of soloists playing horn, piano, xylorimba, and glockenspiel, which gives it the feeling of a concerto grosso updated for modern purposes. This live recording by Christoph Eschenbach and the London Philharmonic Orchestra offers extremely clear separation of parts and vivid sonorities, so everything is perfectly audible, though an opportunity was missed to present Des canyons aux etoiles in a multichannel recording, which it really needs. Even so, this exceptional stereo recording comes close to the audiophile ideal, and at many points, the positions of the soloists can be detected, thanks to the careful microphone placement. -- Blair Sanderson



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