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This makes for Messiaen as it should be...free, full of life, without losing vision and insight.
The music has advanced harmonies, but they are all based in the tonal world, and Messiaen uses dissonance freely to accent the innate tonal world he writes in.
I wholeheartedly encourage you to buy this release immediately and experience the piece and the stellar performance for yourself.
A great recording of two great pieces. Though familiar with the organ version of Ascension, this was the first time I'd heard the orchestral performance. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Anthony Barr
Upon listening enraptured numerous times to this massive work (I am addicted) with its constantly and relentlessly shifting gears for no apparent reasons, I cannot help but surmise... Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by john pitman
I absolutely love this version of Olivier Messiaen's infamous Turanaglila-Symphony. It is crisp, sudden, and beautiful all at the same time. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Tbsturm
How wonderful it is to have these two fine works by Olivier Messiaen available in this inexpensive two-disc release from Naxos. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
I originally bought this CD to hear the playing of Thomas Bloch on Ondes Martenot, as I'm a big fan of his. Read morePublished on July 1, 2007 by Aaron H.
There are some great recordings of Messiaen's "Turangalila" and while this isn't the only good one at budget price (Ozawa with the Toronto Symphony is now available as an RCA... Read morePublished on March 14, 2006 by R. Gregory Capaldini
Having repeatedly listened to this superb Naxos double cd, I have no hesitation in heartilly reccommending it to you. Read morePublished on May 2, 2004 by Christopher Lansdown
If you are new to the music of Olivier Messiaen, the music on these CDs is likely to sound completely different from anything you have ever heard. Read morePublished on December 17, 2001