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I can only recommend that people listen to this work several times, and really, really listen.
His orchestra is packed full of the talent and technique absolutely essential from each and every player in this demanding score.
Olivier Messiaen must certainly have been the most idiosyncratic of late 20th century composers.
Happened to hear a bit of this piece and knew that I needed to get this.
If you love his Turingalilia Symphony, you will love this. Read more
I once had Esa-Pekka Salonen's interpretation of Des Canyons Aux Etoiles, but it seemed rather shrill and percussive. After reading of this recording, I took a gamble. Read morePublished 19 months ago by brotagonist
This composer sees colors when he "hears" the music he is composing (it's called synaesthesia). I don't, but it was interesting listening and trying to imagine what colors he was... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Norman Orr
The minute or so when Messiaen makes a french horn to mimic a wolf howling at the moon, alone, is worth the price of the CD. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by no name