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Gloria Cheng, Calder Quartet - Olivier Messiaen, Kaija Saariaho: The Edge Of Light (2012)

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Gloria Cheng, Calder Quartet - Olivier Messiaen, Kaija Saariaho: The Edge Of Light (2012)

Olivier Messiaen, Kaija Saariaho - The Edge Of Light (2012)
Gloria Cheng (piano), Calder Quartet

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Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907578 | Time: 01:07:02

Grammy® Award-winner Gloria Cheng brings an exquisite array of touch to this programme which couples the first mature works of Olivier Messiaen with the darkly radiant music of Kaija Saariaho. The Calder Quartet joins Ms. Cheng for Saariaho's 2003 trio 'Je sens un deuxième coeur' and Messiaen's 'Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes'. Saariaho attended this first recording of her ‘Ballade’ and ‘Prelude’.

The repertoire on this release by American pianist Gloria Cheng is a bit obscure, but therein lies its considerable interest. Olivier Messiaen's eight Preludes of 1929, written when the composer was 20, were student works, showing the influence of Debussy and the entire French tradition before him, but they are full of an energy in which that tradition was shed like a snakeskin. Great blooms of metrically free music in quasi-mystical textures bloom forth from these little pieces, and Cheng catches the dynamic so accurately that you are almost waiting for the next surprise. Not everything here is compelling: the Piece for piano and string quartet of Messiaen (1991), one of the composer's last finished works, is a slight thing reminiscing about Messiaen's interest in birdsong; the work was written for the 90th birthday celebration of a music publisher. And the two short works by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, both world premieres but one of them entirely unmentioned in the booklet, are likewise a bit slight. The finale, however, is something else again: Je sense un deuxième coeur (I feel a second heart) is a full-scale transfer of the intense language of Saariaho's operatic language to the piano quintet medium. It is related to the Saariaho opera Adriana Mater, which treats the theme of a pregnant woman in wartime, and Cheng's playing gets at the unique mixture of mystery and violence in this material. It is a truly riveting finale, and the substantial bookends of the program basically singlehandedly remake the repertoire.

Review by James Manheim, Allmusic.com

Gloria Cheng, Calder Quartet - Olivier Messiaen, Kaija Saariaho: The Edge Of Light (2012)



Recordings:
- Dec 2011 at the American Academy Of Arts & Letters, New York (tracks 1 to 8, 10, 11)
- Feb 2012 at Zipper Hall, Colburn School, Los Angeles, California
Tracks 10 and 11 are first recordings.

Piano – Gloria Cheng
Viola – Jonathan Moerschel (tracks: 9, 12 to 16)
Violin – Andrew Bulbrook (tracks: 9), Benjamin Jacobson (tracks: 9)
Cello – Eric Byers (tracks: 9, 12 to 16)

Tracklist:

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Préludes (1929)
01. No. 1, La Colombe (The Dove) (2:18)
02. No. 2, Chant d'extase dans un paysage triste (Song Of Ecstasy In A Sad Landscape) (6:11)
03. No. 3, Le nomber léger (The Light Number) (1:50)
04. No. 4, Instants défunts (Defunct Moments) (4:32)
05. No. 5, Les sons impalpable du rève (The Impalpable Sounds Of The Dream)(3:37)
06. No. 6, Cloches d'angoisse et larmes d'adieu (Bells Of Anguish And Tears Of Farewell) (8:09)
07. No. 7, Plainte clame (Calm Lamentation) (3:04)
08. No. 8. Un reflet dans le vent (A Reflection In The Wind) (5:17)

09. Pièce Pour Piano Et Quator À Cordes (Piece for Piano and String Quartet) (1991) (3:29)

Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952)

10. Prelude (2006) (5:54)
11. Ballade (2006) (5:59)

Je Sens Un Deuxième Coeur
12. I. Je dévoile ma peau (I Unveil My Skin) (3:37)
13. II. Ouvre-moi, vite (Open Upto Me, Fast!) (1:59)
14. III. Dans le revè, elle l'attendait (In Her Dream, She Was Waiting) (4:03)
15. IV. Il faut que j'entre (I Must Come In) (2:17)
16. V. Je sens un deuxieme coeur qui bat tout prés du mien (I Feel A Second Heart Beating Next To Mine) (4:47)


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Gloria Cheng, Calder Quartet - Olivier Messiaen, Kaija Saariaho: The Edge Of Light (2012)

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