Messiaen: Chamber Works


British pianist Matthew Schellhorn is joined by the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra in this recording of Olivier Messiaen’s chamber works, including the eight-movement masterpiece Quatuor pour la fin du Temps, written while the composer was a prisoner of war and premiered in 1941 at the Stalag VIIIA camp in Silesia.

Marking one hundred years since the birth of the composer, the disc also includes the newly published Fantaisie for violin and piano (discovered after the composer’s death) and the world première recording of a beautiful miniature for solo piano.

A worthwhile and distinctive release –  Gramophone

Classical Editors’ Favourite 2008: A heart-stoppingly beautiful performance … Listeners who love Quatuor pour la fin du Temps owe it to themselves to hear this stellar version – All Music Guide USA

Admirers of Messiaen’s music will simply have to have this record … All in all, a highly recommendable CD – International Record Review

 iTUNES  Spotify

Matthew Schellhorn piano

James Clark violin

Philippe Honoré violin

Rachel Roberts viola

David Cohen cello

Kenneth Smith flute

Barnaby Robson clarinet

RELEASE DATE: 11/01/1980
BARCODE: 635212012628

1. Fantaisie

Quatuor pour la fin du Temps

2. Liturgie de cristal

3. Vocalise, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps

4. Abîme des oiseaux

5. Intermède

6. Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus

7. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes

8. Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps

9. Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus

10. Le Merle noir

11. Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes

12. Morceau de lecture à vue (World Premiere Recording)

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