Lavender Kite Audio Research Hour: Olivier Messiaen

Calgary, 25.02.19

Focus on Olivier Messiaen

Barnaby Bennett & guest Laura Reid explore the work groundbreaking classical composer Olivier Messiaen.

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was a groundbreaking composer who was revolutionary in his approach to Classical music, incorporating wide ranging sound influences, from birdsong to new technology. A synaesthete and devout Catholic, his music is immersive, spiritual, and spellbinding. This is a collection of pieces put together by the composer's second wife, pianist Yvonne Loriod, after Olivier's death and published in 2001. Finally, we end the episode with recordings of Messiaen himself playing excerpts from his composition Nativité Du Seigneur, written in 1935. These are three movements out of the nine "meditations" he wrote reflecting on the birth of Jesus.

Tracklist

  • Fête Des Belles Eaux
    No. 1, Premières Fusées
  • Fête Des Belles Eaux
    No. 2, L'eau
  • Fête Des Belles Eaux
    No. 3, Les Fusées
  • Fête Des Belles Eaux
    No. 4, L'eau
  • Fête Des Belles Eaux
    No. 5, Les Fusées
  • Fête Des Belles Eaux
    No. 6, L'eau, à Son Maximum De Hauteur
  • Fête Des Belles Eaux
    No. 7, Superposition De L'eau Et Des Fusées
  • Fête Des Belles Eaux
    No. 8, Feu D'artifice Final
  • Feuillets Inedits
    No. 1. Presque Lent Et Berceur
  • Feuillets Inedits
    No. 2. Lent
  • Feuillets Inedits
    No. 3. Bien Modere
  • Feuillets Inedits
    No. 4. Lent
  • La Nativité Du Seigneur
    9 Méditations - I La Vierge Et L'enfant
  • La Nativité Du Seigneur
    9 Méditations - III Desseins Éternels
  • La Nativité Du Seigneur
    9 Méditations - V Les Enfants De Dieu

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