Composer(s):
Genre(s):
Chamber Music
Period(s):
20th Century
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C840121B
Barcode:
4011790840123
Release Date:
09/2018
Available Format(s):
CD

Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

In 2008, Carolin Widmann, Jörg Widmann, Nicolas Altstaedt and Alexander Lonquich performed Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of time for violin, clarinet, cello and piano with the seriousness of spirit and subtle understatement that the work requires. Composed in 1940 in a German prisoner-of-war camp, Messiaen here reached a pinnacle of his composing career at the age of just 31. In this work he conveys to his listeners his spiritual interpretation of (musical) time and plays of colour. With these four exceptional chamber musicians, all masters of their art, the Salzburg Festival was treated to an exemplary performance of this work.


Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)
1.     I. Liturgie de cristal (Crystal Liturgy)
02:54
2.     II. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (Vocalise, for the Angel Announcing the End of Time)
06:03
3.     III. Abîme des oiseaux (The Abyss of the Birds)
09:48
4.     IV. Intermède (Interlude)
01:39
5.     V. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (Praise to the Eternity of Jesus)
09:20
6.     VI. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes (Dance of Wrath, for the Seven Trumpets)
06:25
7.     VII. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (Tangle of Rainbows, for the Angel Announcing the End of Time)
07:54
8.     VIII. Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus (In Praise of the Immortality of Jesus)
08:15

Total Playing Time: 52:18