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Chamber Works
Olivier Messiaen

James Clark / Philippe Honoré / Rachel Roberts / David Cohen / Kenneth Smith / Barnaby Robson

Chamber Works

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212012628
Catnr: SIGCD 126
Release date: 01 June 2008
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212012628
Catalogue number
SIGCD 126
Release date
01 June 2008
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About the album

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. Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen wrote of Schellhorn, “An excellent pianist and an excellent exponent...everything is played as Messiaen wished it.”

Kamerwerken van Messiaen uitgevoerd door een voortreffelijke vertolker
In deze opname met kamermuziek van Olivier Messiaen wordt de Britse pianist Matthew Schellhorn bijgestaan door de Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Het programma bevat onder andere het achtdelige meesterwerk Quatuor pour la fin du Temps, dat de componist schreef terwijl hij een krijgsgevangene was en in 1941 voor het eerst werd uitgevoerd op het Stalag VIIIA kamp in Silezië. Daarnaast bevat het album ook de recentelijk gepubliceerde Fantaisie voor viool en piano, ontdekt na het overlijden van de componist, en de wereldpremière van een prachtig miniatuur voor solo piano: Morceau de lecture à vue.

Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, de tweede echtgenote van de componist, schreef over Schellhorn: “Een voortreffelijke pianist en een voortreffelijke vertolker (…) Nauwkeurigheid, ritme, klank, techniek, emotie (…) alles wordt gespeeld zoals Messiaen het wenste.”

Artist(s)

Rachel Roberts (viola)

Rachel Roberts performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician. As soloist she has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Andras Schiff, Richard Hickox and Martyn Brabbins performing concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Cologne Chamber Orchestra and Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland amongst others. Rachel Roberts has played chamber music at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Musikverein (Grand Saal) Vienna, Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and King’s Place. She appears at international festivals including Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwoche, Schubertiade – Schwarzenberg, SPANNUNGEN, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Hamburg “Oestertone”, Lofoten Norway and Stift Holland. Prizes for chamber music include the Diapason d’Or, ‚Supersonic Award’ and CD of the month in Fono Forum Magazine, Germany. Highlights in 2015 include a Wigmore Hall concert with Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, BBC Radio 3 recitals with the London...
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Rachel Roberts performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician. As soloist she has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Andras Schiff, Richard Hickox and Martyn Brabbins performing concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Cologne Chamber Orchestra and Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland amongst others. Rachel Roberts has played chamber music at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Musikverein (Grand Saal) Vienna, Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and King’s Place. She appears at international festivals including Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwoche, Schubertiade – Schwarzenberg, SPANNUNGEN, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Hamburg “Oestertone”, Lofoten Norway and Stift Holland. Prizes for chamber music include the Diapason d’Or, ‚Supersonic Award’ and CD of the month in Fono Forum Magazine, Germany. Highlights in 2015 include a Wigmore Hall concert with Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, BBC Radio 3 recitals with the London Conchord Ensemble, live Deutschlandfunk broadcasts with the Tetzlaff Quartet and a solo CD release with pianist Lars Vogt. In May 2015 she has toured Japan with Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, and Tanja Tetzlaff. Rachel Roberts is Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has given masterclasses at the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme, Dartington International Summer School, Chethams School of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.

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James Clark (violin)

David Cohen (cello)

Barnaby Robson (clarinet)

Matthew Schellhorn (conductor)

Composer(s)

Olivier Messiaen

The music by Olivier Messiaen is a combination of devout catholicism, extravagant imagination and love for nature. Initially, he made a name for himself by composing large-scale cycles and verbose titles. At several occasions, Messiaen explicated his intentions, which often included theology, symbology, and extensive considerations of colour, church modes and rhythm. Perhaps ironically, this colour composer was able to leave his mark on the less colourful avant-garde of the 1950s as well. With his 'Mode de valeurs et d'intensités', part 4 of his Quatre études de rythme, pointed the way for his students Stockhausen and Boulez, who developed serialism further.  Messiaen's own development is characterised by the integration of birg song, which he recorded in the wild with his sketchbook and tape...
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The music by Olivier Messiaen is a combination of devout catholicism, extravagant imagination and love for nature. Initially, he made a name for himself by composing large-scale cycles and verbose titles. At several occasions, Messiaen explicated his intentions, which often included theology, symbology, and extensive considerations of colour, church modes and rhythm. Perhaps ironically, this colour composer was able to leave his mark on the less colourful avant-garde of the 1950s as well. With his 'Mode de valeurs et d'intensités', part 4 of his Quatre études de rythme, pointed the way for his students Stockhausen and Boulez, who developed serialism further. Messiaen's own development is characterised by the integration of birg song, which he recorded in the wild with his sketchbook and tape recorder. The pinnacle of his work is his opera Saint François d'Assise. This colossol work is over four hours long. Its longest scene contains a giant bird choir, with bird species from Umbria (the home country of Saint François) to new Caledonia.


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01.
Fantaisie
08:59
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
02.
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
02:37
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
03.
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
05:04
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
04.
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
08:21
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
05.
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
01:48
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
06.
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
07:26
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
07.
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
06:08
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
08.
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
07:21
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
09.
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
06:56
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
10.
Le Merle noir
06:24
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
11.
Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes
03:07
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
12.
Morceau de lecture à vue
01:59
(Olivier Messiaen) James Clark , Philippe Honoré, Rachel Roberts, David Cohen, Kenneth Smith, Barnaby Robson
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