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Messiaen: Les Corps Glorieux / L'Ascension (Orgue de la Cathedrale de Geneve) Import

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Messiaen: Les Corps Glorieux / L'Ascension (Orgue de la Cathedrale de Geneve)

Product Details

  • Performer: Louis Thiry
  • Composer: Olivier Messiaen
  • Audio CD (June 22, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Calliope
  • ASIN: B003JIQE9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is, to my mind, as close to the ideal in terms of interpretive concept, it's delivery and finally it's presentation on disc as I am ever likely to hear. I have owned 3 sets of these masterly organ works over the years. This was the first and now it is the last, the others having been given away with the exception of just one of those discs.

Messiaen was one of the most original thinkers of organ sound, completely inventing his own instantly recognisable sound world or the instrument. Bach did the same of course. The difference between them marks the degree to which Messiaen has travelled sonically and conceptually. The subject matter of the works marks out Messiaen as inhabiting a different world of intent.

The two works presented here are fairly straightforward to follow and as always are totally linked to religious considerations. The performance of his work demands above all, a sense of suspension of time, the pace being generally very slow. This is not the same as ponderous of course. The other consideration is the actual sound of the organ and the use of its voices. To my mind Thiry gets all of these considerations perfectly judged. The sound engineers support him with excellent sound in the proper acoustics for the appropriate effects.

These are wonderful performances of epic but serene proportions and I would suggest that this disc deserves serious consideration by any purchaser interested in this music and this program.
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