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Posted October 1, 2010
Although not a connoisseur of Messiaen, this 1936 song cycle is what I've come to expect from him: it's melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically complex, with unconventional, even bizarre colors. The listener almost experiences his synesthesia. The soprano's interpretation of this vocally and dramatically difficult music is impressive, but the content itself is so unusual that it's almost difficult to enjoy-it's beautiful, but conveys such a sense of tension. Jun Markl proves a sensitive and effective conductor, and the Orchestre National de Lyon is flawless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.