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Ingo Metzmacher, Bamberger Symphoniker - Hartmann: Symphonie Nr. 4; Messiaen: Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1993)

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Ingo Metzmacher, Bamberger Symphoniker - Hartmann: Symphonie Nr. 4; Messiaen: Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1993)

Ingo Metzmacher, Bamberger Symphoniker - Hartmann: Symphonie Nr. 4; Messiaen: Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 246 Mb | Total time: 63:05 | Scans included
Classical | EMI Classics | # 7 54916 2 | Recorded: 1993

The first commercial gramophone recording of a German symphony after World War II was that of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Foutrh Symphony for string orchestra under the derection of Franz André. More than fourty years later, this work once agains opens a complete studio recording of Hartmann's symphonie, now under Ingo Metzmacher.

Myung-Whun Chung - Messiaen: Garden of Love's Sleep (2008)

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Myung-Whun Chung - Messiaen: Garden of Love's Sleep (2008)

Myung-Whun Chung - Messiaen: Garden of Love's Sleep (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 270 MB | 01:10:14
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Herbert von Karajan isn’t alone in celebrating his 100th birthday this year. Among composers whose 100th anniversary falls in 2008, Olivier Messiaen (10 December) is definitely the most important To whet your appetites for further releases in this anniversary year, here is a 1-CD midprice compilation of Messiaen’s ecstatic slow movements: a sequence of eight movements from major works that together make an unforgettable impression: supple in rhythm, subtle in melody and incredibly rich in harmony. Almost like variations on a theme (with plenty of F sharp major too!), the 70-minute disc is uniquely relaxing and moving at the same time – by no means the usual pot-pourri compilation.

Myung-Whun Chung, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Myung-Whun Chung conducts Messiaen (2008)

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Myung-Whun Chung, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Myung-Whun Chung conducts Messiaen (2008)

Myung-Whun Chung, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Myung-Whun Chung conducts Messiaen (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 278 MB | 01:08:31
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

To coincide with Messiaen’s 100th anniversary DG presents this recording of rarely heard spiritual works of the beloved French composer. Religiosity and Catholicism have been important sources of inspiration for Olivier Messiaen throughout his artistic life and form the key aspect of the repertoire selected for this album. The Trois Petites Liturgies for piano, ondes martenot, choir and orchestra were premiered in occupied Paris in 1943, and received highest praise by Jean Cocteau, Francis Poulenc and Arthur Honegger among others – with the aim of bringing “a kind of organized act of praise into the concert room” Messiaen achieved one of his most colourful and enduring works up to that point – he himself described the music as “nothing but an act of love”.

Peter Hill - Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Books 1-3 (1988)

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Peter Hill - Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Books 1-3 (1988)

Peter Hill - Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Books 1-3 (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:02 | 217 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Unicorn-Kanchana | Catalog: DKP (CD) 9062

The seven "books" of Olivier Messiaen's enormous "Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)" were composed between 1956 and 1958. In all, they encompass two and a half hours of some of the most beautifully evocative music for solo piano ever penned. Peter Hill's epic survey of the complete piano music of Olivier Messiaen splits this particular cycle over three volumes, with the first three books being presented here. (For the other volumes see " Catalogue d'oiseaux, Books 4-6 ", " Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 7 ". This CD is also available as part of the Peter Hill's complete " Catalogue d'oiseaux " set and also within the " Messiaen - Complete Piano Works ".

Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)

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Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)

Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 79:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone ‎| # PTC5186741 | Recorded: 2018

On her first Pentatone album, pianist Tamara Stefanovich presents a highly personal selection of solo works by Bach, Bartók, Ives and Messiaen. Influences shows how these extraordinarily original and idiosyncratic composers let themselves be inspired by the exterior world, thereby demonstrating how authenticity comes from looking outside as well as inside. The repertoire spans from Bach's embrace of Italian musical elements in his Aria variata alla maniera italiana, Bartók's incorporation of folk elements in his Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, and Messiaen's use of Hindu rhythms in Cantéyodjayâ to the collage of marching bands, sounds of trains and machinery, church hymns, ragtime and blues in Ives' first piano sonata.

Richard Gowers - Olivier Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur (2018)

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Richard Gowers - Olivier Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur (2018)

Richard Gowers - Olivier Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:40 | 228 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: King's College, Cambridge | Catalog: KGS0025

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: not only is Messiaen’s epic meditation on the birth of Christ one of his most astonishing creations, it’s also one of the greatest solo organ pieces ever written. As with so much of his oeuvre, which spans all genres, the composer’s Catholicism is an unequivocal and indivisible part of his unique, instantly recognisable aesthetic. Indeed, it would be impossible to attribute, say, the Turangalîla-Symphonie, Catalogue d'oiseaux or Des Canyons aux étoiles to anyone else. And working my way through Sylvain Cambreling’s Hänssler box of the orchestral music for a future review, I was struck anew by the sheer range and consistency of Messiaen’s craft.

Fibonacci Sequence - Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time (2009)

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Fibonacci Sequence - Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time (2009)

Fibonacci Sequence - Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 47:07 | 232 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deux-Elles | Catalog: 1133

Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time was once considered so difficult that it was rarely performed, but the technical competence and musical confidence of players has advanced so far in the half century since its composition that exceptionally fine recordings have become commonplace. The British ensemble the Fibonacci Sequence tackles the quartet with expertise and musicality, and even if the performance can't be counted among the truly transcendent, it still adds to the growing list of recordings that can be recommended. The star turn here comes from clarinetist Julian Farrell, who can let a tone emerge out of nothing and make it swell to immense proportions.

Fredrik Ullen - Liszt, Messiaen (2012)

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Fredrik Ullen - Liszt, Messiaen (2012)

Fredrik Ullen - Liszt, Messiaen (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:07 | 270 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-1803

Franz Liszt and Olivier Messiaen don't usually spring to mind as similar figures, let alone as an expected pairing for an album, since the former was the arch-Romantic virtuoso pianist and tone poet, while the latter was an influential modernist composer and organist. Yet both men were devout Roman Catholic musicians with mystical ideas that found expression in their works. To be sure, this disc by pianist Fredrik Ullén illustrates the differences between them by presenting their solo piano pieces in alternation, so the listener is never lulled by one style or the other but stays attentive throughout the program.

Leopold Stokowski, New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Handel: Messiah (2004)

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Leopold Stokowski, New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Handel: Messiah (2004)

Leopold Stokowski, New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Handel: Messiah (Highlights) (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 565 Mb | Total time: 45:50+58:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Cala Records | # CACD0538 | Recorded: 1966

As the notes to this welcome release make clear Stokowski had never conducted The Four Seasons before the Phase Four series of LPs of which this is so engaging an example. He, soloist Hugh Bean and the New Philharmonia went to the BBC’s Maida Vale studios and taped it for later broadcast (in the end it wasn’t until 1968 that it hit the airwaves), recording it the following day. The late Hugh Bean has recalled that it was in the can in one session – Stokowski remaining the professional to his batonless fingertips.