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MESSIAEN, O.: Visions de l'Amen / DEBUSSY, C.: En blanc et noir (van Raat, Austbo)

    

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MESSIAEN, O.: Visions de l'Amen / DEBUSSY, C.: En blanc et noir (van Raat, Austbo)

Both the works on this recording were written during wartime. Debussy’s 1915 En blanc et noir, composed during a late creative burst, is his musical response to the horrors of World War I. Messiaen’s revolutionary Visions de l’Amen from 1943, written to be performed by the composer and his teenage pupil, Yvonne Loriod, is a profound religious meditation whose emotional intensity is overwhelming. The rôle of the two pianos is clearly divided. Melodic and expressive elements are confined to the second piano, Messiaen’s part, whereas all that is percussion, brilliance and rhythmic development is heard in the first piano, Loriod’s part.


Debussy, Claude

  En blanc et noir
1.   I. Avec emportement 00:04:19
2.   II. Lent. Sombre 00:06:35
3.   III. Scherzando 00:04:20

Messiaen, Olivier

  Visions de l'Amen
4.   I. Amen de la Creation 00:05:58
5.   II. Amen des etoiles, de la planete a l'anneau 00:05:37
6.   III. Amen de l'Agonie de Jesus 00:07:18
7.   IV. Amen du Desir 00:10:17
8.   V. Amen des Anges, des Saints, du chant des oiseaux 00:07:32
9.   VI. Amen du Jugement 00:02:47
10.   VII. Amen de la Consommation 00:07:56

Total Playing Time: 01:02:39






Composer(s):
Debussy, Claude; Messiaen, Olivier

Artist(s):
Austbo, Hakon; van Raat, Ralph

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.572472

Barcode: 747313247271

Physical Release: 04/2012

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