Messiaen, Olivier - Canyons aux Étoiles (Des) - Eschenbach, Christoph

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Tzimon Barto, piano
John Ryan, horn
Andrew Barclay, xylorimba
Erika Öhman, glockenspiel

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Christoph Eschenbach

Commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of the United States Declaration of Independence, Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles was inspired by the composer's tours around Utah's magnificent landscapes, including Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks, which so affected him with their beauty. This is no musical tourism however: the work takes the listener upwards, from the depths of the canyons, to the songs of birds, to outer space, and ultimately to the Celestial City.

The work's unusual instrumentation includes solo piano and horn, 13 string instruments, quadruple woodwind, triple brass, tuned and unturned percussion including éoliphone (wind machine) and géophone (sand machine). This creates a texture that evokes the majesty and loneliness of the landscape, as well as its inhabitant birds with astonishing effect.

This recording presents a rare opportunity to hear Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles which is not available extensively on record and is infrequently performed live.

This performance was recorded live in concert at Royal Festival Hall on 2 November 2013, as part of Southbank Centre's The Rest Is Noise year-long festival of 20th-century music, inspired by Alex Ross's bestselling book of the same name. The performance received a good critical reception, with the Evening Standard commenting that 'it's the teeming richness of the whole that overwhelms, and Eschenbach and his players had the measure of the music's vast perspectives.'

Artikelnummer LPO0083
Streckkod 0854990001833
Utgivningsdatum 2015-09-25
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag LPO
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Dirigenter Eschenbach, Christoph
Kompositörer Messiaen, Olivier
Disk: 1
1 Des Canyons aux Étoiles
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