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Messiaen: Petites esquisses d'oiseaux/Catalogue d'oiseaux Box set


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listen  1. Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds): I. Le rouge-gorge (Robin) 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds): II. Le merle-noir (Blackbird) 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds): III. Le rouge-gorge (Robin) 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds): IV. La grive-musicienne (Song Thrush) 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds): V. Le rouge-gorge (Robin) 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds): VI. L'alouette des champs (Sky Lark) 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 1er Livre: Le Chocard des Alpes (Alpine Chough) 8:23Album Only
listen  8. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 1er Livre: Le Loriot (Golden Oriole) 9:08Album Only
listen  9. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 1er Livre: Le Merle bleu (Blue Rock Thrush)12:42Album Only
listen10. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 2er Livre: IV. Le Traquet Stapazin (Black-eared Wheatear)14:56Album Only


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listen  1. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 3e Livre: V. La Chouette Hulotte (Tawny Owl) 7:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 3e Livre: VI. L'Alouette-lulu (Wood Lark) 7:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 4e Livre: VII. Le Rousserolle Effarvatte (Reed Warbler)30:02Album Only
listen  4. Catalogue D'Oiseaux (Catalogue Of Birds)*: 5e Livre: VIII. L'Alouette Calandrelle (Short-Toed Lark) 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 5e Livre: IX. La Bouscarle (Cetti's Warbler)11:23Album Only


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listen  1. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 6e Livre: X. Le Merle de roche (Rock Thrush)18:28Album Only
listen  2. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 7e Livre: XI. La Buse variable (Buzzard)10:47Album Only
listen  3. Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 7e Livre: XII. La Traquet rieur (Black Wheatear) 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Catalogue D'Oiseaux (Catalogue Of Birds)*: 7e Livre: XIII. Le Courlis Cendre (Curlew) 9:46Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000149Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Birdcalls are perhaps the sounds in nature that most closely resemble instrumental music, so maybe this is why they can so fascinate people. In addition to this, they are very immediate and there is a certain mystery as to why the motifs are the way they are. Here, Messiaen draws on a seemingly limitless array of harmonies and rhythmic patterns to translate the birdcalls to a "more human scale", as the notes put it. In the Petits Esquisses (Little Sketches), he describes the bird's flight, call, and plumage, but in the much larger Catalogue d'Oiseaux, he also describes the surrounding countryside and other birds in the region. The music is still recognizably birdcall-like in that there are many separate motifs that appear and reappear throughout a movement. In between these motifs appear bass chords and various other configurations which are supposed to represent air currents, reflections in the water, etc. The line between consonance and dissonance is somewhat blurry as the main emphasis is on color and rhythm.
As the reviewer below said, the main attraction is in the nearly endless variety of timbres and colors used in the music. Surely it takes a composer of huge creativity and skill to convincingly describe a scene from nature, but I think Messiaen actually pulls this off. Lastly, hats off to Austbo who plays all two hours and fifty minutes with incredible precision and accuracy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Osvaldo Colarusso on June 29, 2008
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The music of Catalogue is by far one of the bests of Messiaen. The sound is free, like the birds. I listened this record with all the scores ( so expensive)in hand.This pianist is a phenomena : he plays everything is written . And the sound is always beautiful. The Catalogue is a consequence of Debussy. The music is atonal without rules . The pianists have the obligation to play that so important and beautiful music.And, one more time, bravo for the pianist.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on August 1, 2002
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This collection contains almost all of Messien's bird pieces for solo piano. These are fascinating works. Each piece is a portrait of one bird, whose song Messien painstakingly transcribed and translated into his own modal style. In addition to the main birdsong, most of the pieces also include the songs of several other birds found in the same habitat as the main bird portrayed. Add to that, Messien's penchant for using colorful chords to paint in the background of the scene and this is the most visual music written in the 20th century.
The performance is quite good. I tend to prefer the Peter Hill recordings which were made in the early 90s and reissued by Naxos as well, but these are quite welcome. At the Naxos price, they are quite a bargain, so even if you find that you don't listen to the entire collection often, you may find yourself coming back to individual pieces over and over again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rustic on August 29, 2006
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Messiaen's piano music is a major achievement for modern music! Do not hesitate to explore these piano pieces along with his other unique piano compositions.
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