Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles


© 2015 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

℗ 2015 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 2
November 2013.

Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions

Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions

Publisher: Alphonse Leduc & Cie

Total playing time 100:06

DDD Stereo

Released March 2015

CD: Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles

Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars)

Christoph Eschenbach conductor
Tzimon Barto piano
John Ryan horn
Andrew Barclay xylorimba
Erika Öhman glockenspiel
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman 

Messiaen’s unusual instrumentation, inventive scoring and use of birdsong as a source of musical material in Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars) evoke the beauty of a magnificent landscape and celebrate the marvels of Creation itself. A commission by an American philanthropist in 1970 allowed Olivier Messiaen to explore one of North America’s wildest and most elemental landscapes: Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Looking beyond the depths of the canyons, Messiaen’s work reaches higher to ‘the beauties of the physical sky and the spiritual sky.’

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