Pierre Boulez - Olivier Messiaen: Et Exspecto; Chronochromie; La Ville den haut (1995)

Pierre Boulez - Olivier Messiaen: Et Exspecto; Chronochromie; La Ville den haut (1995)

Artist: Pierre Boulez, Cleveland Orchestra
Title: Olivier Messiaen: Et Exspecto; Chronochromie; La Ville d'en haut
Year Of Release: 1995
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (log,tracks+cue)
Total Time: 0:57:48
Total Size: 253 Mb

Chronochromie for large orchestra
01. Introduction 3:47
02. Strophe I 1:41
03. Antistrophe I 3:20
04. Strophe II 1:43
05. Antistrophe II 5:54
06. Epode 4:39
07. Coda 2:46
08. La Ville d'en haut 9:28
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
09. Des profondeurs de l'abime, je crie vers toi, Seigneur: Seigneur, ecoute ma voix! 2:57
10. Le Christ, ressuscite des morts, ne meurt plus; la mort n'a plus sur lui d'empire 5:11
11. L'heure vient ou les morts entendront la voix du Fils de Dieu 4:04
12. Ils ressusciteront, glorieux, avec un nom nouveau - dans le concert joyeux des etoiles et les acclamations des fils du ciel 5:47
13. Et j'entendis la voix d'une foule immense... 6:34
In the Fifties and Sixties, while his younger contemporaries were busy trying to build a ‘brave new world’, Olivier Messiaen turned instead to nature. His Chronochromie not only presents us with numerous songs from his beloved birds but also depicts wind, rocks and gushing streams, fusing these natural phenomena, together with ‘colour-chords’ and abstruse rhythmic procedures, into a gritty and exhilarating masterpiece. This is a stunning rendition from Boulez. It is not so much the remarkable accuracy from the Cleveland Orchestra in this often fiendish score which is so impressive as the fine shading of every textural nuance, thus allowing the music’s latent poetry to shine through – a trait sadly lacking in most performances. In short, this is quite simply the best recording of Chronochromie ever made. The immense Et exspecto is also awesome in Boulez’s hands. Indeed, it seems almost churlish to say that the first movement should ideally be somewhat slower while the overwhelming tam-tam and gong rolls in the third movement could have had longer to die away. A magnificent account of the late monumental miniature (not a contradiction in terms I assure you) La ville d’en-haut completes an epic programme. Strongly recommended. Christopher Dingle

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