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Oiseaux Exotiques / Sept Haikai

O. Messiaen Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Oiseaux exotiquesPeter Donohoe14:34Album Only
listen  2. 7 Haikai: No. 1. IntroductionPeter Donohoe 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 7 Haikai: No. 2. Le parc de Nara et les lanternes de pierrePeter Donohoe 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 7 Haikai: No. 3. Yamanaka: cadenzaPeter Donohoe 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 7 Haikai: No. 4. GagakuPeter Donohoe 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 7 Haikai: No. 5. Miyajima et le torii dans le merPeter Donohoe 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 7 Haikai: No. 6. Les oiseaux de KaruizawaPeter Donohoe 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 7 Haikai: No. 7. CodaPeter Donohoe 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Couleurs de la Cite CelestePeter Donohoe16:26Album Only
listen10. Un vitrail et des oiseauxPeter Donohoe 9:23Album Only
listen11. La Ville d'En hautPeter Donohoe 8:14Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum: I. Des profondeurs de l'abime, je crie vers toi, Seigneur: Seigneur, ecoute ma voix!Netherlands Wind Ensemble 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum: II. Le Christ, ressuscite des morts, ne meurt plus; la mort n'a plus sur lui d'empireNetherlands Wind Ensemble 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum: III. L'heure vient ou les morts entendront la voix du Fils de Dieu ?Netherlands Wind Ensemble 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum: IV. Ils ressusciteront, glorieux, avec un nom nouveau, dans le concert joyeux des etoiles et les acclamations des fils du CielNetherlands Wind Ensemble 7:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum: V. Et j'entendis la voix d'une foule immense ?Netherlands Wind Ensemble 8:20Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 29, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000000AV8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Reinbert de Leeuw and his crackerjack musicians negotiate these difficult scores with dazzling aplomb, not to mention pianist Peter Donohoe's razor-sharp timbre and rhythmic suppleness. The bright, close-up recording captures the full gamut of Messiaen's intricate instrumentation with amazing clarity. These words, however, apply less to Et expecto. Here the recorded balances are poor and the playing is surprisingly slack in sections. Moreover, it's the sole work on the set's second disc, and you can't purchase disc one without the other. But those who respond to this composer's ecstatic, colorful sound-world will find much to admire here. --Jed Distler

Product Description

Oiseaux exotiques - Sept Hakaï - Couleurs de la cité céleste - Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum / Peter Donohoe, piano - Netherlands Wind Ensemble - Reinbert De Leeuw, direction

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This Naive reissue is a recording of the 80th birthday concert for Olivier Messiaen in Paris on November 26, 1988. Pierre Boulez led the Ensemble Intercontemporain in four pieces for piano and orchestra, with the composer's wife and virtuoso pianist Yvonne Loriod as soloist.

For me the highlight of this concert is "Oiseaux exotiques" (1956). While Messiaen had introduced birdsong into his music before with "Reveil des oiseaux", that piece had only attempted to replicate the very sound of the birds' dawn chorus. In "Oiseaux exotiques", however, he attempts to sculpt a wholly original soundworld using birdsong as musical material, and the results are enchanting. The solo piano part here stands out much more than in the other works, and one could even see it as a sort of concerto. If you have some musical training and want to learn more about the genesis and structure of the piece, I can recommend the guide of Hill and Simeone, Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques.

"Sept Haikai" (1962) was written after a visit to Japan and stands as one of the most remarkable pieces of Messiaen's birdsong-era output. The French composer built himself up a very unique soundworld and admitted little influence from his colleagues in contemporary composition, but his trip to Japan broke into his work dramatically. Messiaen's sense of rhythm as a succession of blocks is here tempered by supple rhythms that seem to strain periodicity. "Couleurs de la Cite celeste" (1963) is scored for the unusual combination of piano, 3 clarinets, 3 xylophones, brass, and percussion.
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3 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music January 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've changed my opinion on Messiaen.
I'm having second thoughts on Messiaen.
Now that I know Schnittke well, Messiaen seems to have some issues.
And Wilbod's comments on the opera, St Francsis really has me wondering "just who is Messiaen". What he says kinda shows in his music./
I'm going to keep some Messiaen, others I will dump. This set stays, for the moment. Mid tier compaoser, and certainly not for everyone.
Found other music more worth my time.
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