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Messiaen - La Nativite Du Seigneur / Jennifer Bate

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This recording of Jennifer Bate, one of the foremost international organists of our day, playing Oliver Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur was made in the magnificent setting of Norwich Cathedral, when a capacity audience gave her virtuoso performance a prolonged ovation.

Messiaen's religious works for the organ have been compared with those of Beethoven in their greatness for the solo instrument. La Nativité du Seigneur is no exception: its virtuosity embraces a magnificent cycle of nine meditations on the Christmas message.
Bate's recordings of Messaien's complete organ works have won international acclaim and many prestigious awards.

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  • Actors: Olivier Messiaen, Jennifer Bate
  • Directors: Clem Shaw
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0030E5NIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brent Peterson on December 24, 2014
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What a way to spend Christmas Eve, between 6:00 and 10:00 pm services! I realize this might not be every music lover's ultimate cup of tea. But as an organist, and a great fan of almost anything by Messiaen, I will share the following opinions and impressions of this DVD ...

(1) The performance. One could hardly quibble with Jennifer Bate's performance of Messiaen. Just about all her CDs show her at the console with the master, which means she either studied with him or at least performed the stuff in his presence. (And he does look happy, not miserable!) But I will give my opinion which I admit is a little at variance with such a logical preceding assessment. I feel her performance is just a little lean and understated. It is technically perfect ... but I do like a little more meat and bones to my Messiaen. My first exposure to this music was hearing it played by Jean-Pierre Leguay (at Sejong Concert Hall in Seoul, Korea of all places). Then owning it on an Everest LP by Ferdinand Klinda which is still my favorite, and having heard it live, twice, by other performers at other venues. And I have worked on it myself off and on for quite a few years, so I am familiar with every note. And here is the final kicker: yes I have Messiaen's own recording of it, which I also do not as much care for~~! I feel his own playing is just a bit lean and understated. So if my criticism is the same for both Jennifer Bate and Messiaen himself, that must prove she is doing it correctly :) !!!

(2) Video and audio recording quality. This was a TV broadcast production from 1989. I think it is beyond excellent for the vintage, both sound and picture.
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