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Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen

Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen

by Steven Osborne
     
 
Steven Osborne continues his enthralling performances of Messiaen's piano works, with Martin Roscoe joining him for the two-piano "Visions de l'Amen." The two of them are flawlessly matched in their strength, control, and range of expression, even though for much of the work the two piano parts are largely independent. They move together from

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Steven Osborne continues his enthralling performances of Messiaen's piano works, with Martin Roscoe joining him for the two-piano "Visions de l'Amen." The two of them are flawlessly matched in their strength, control, and range of expression, even though for much of the work the two piano parts are largely independent. They move together from twinkling, distant starlight passages to powerful, brilliant solar flare-like passages. Osborne and Roscoe, although painting large pictures in the seven movements, demand that attention be paid to the details in the music. The "Amen du désir" has such a soft, quiet opening, it brings to mind the watercolors of Debussy's music, and later in the same movement the percussion of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" is also present. It's an engrossing performance of an engrossing piece. Three small, solo pieces of Messiaen's fill out the disc. The "Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas" is solemn, but not somber until the end, and Osborne gives its block chords a monumental weightiness, suggesting a double entendre in the title. The "Rondeau" is less complex and far-reaching than Messiaen's larger works, but still has that visionary wonder and joy. The final "Fantaisie burlesque" has interesting episodes, but the humorous, jazzy refrain gets old fast, despite Osborne's trying to keep it light.

Editorial Reviews

Classic FM Magazine - Julian Haylock
An outstanding release.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571173665
catalogNumber:
67366

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  1. Visions de l'Amen for 2 pianos, I/25  - Olivier Messiaen  - Jean Delville  - Simon Perry  - Martin Roscoe  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring  - Steven Osborne
  2. Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas, for piano, I/16  - Olivier Messiaen  - Jean Delville  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring  - Steven Osborne
  3. Rondeau, for piano, I/24  - Olivier Messiaen  - Jean Delville  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring  - Steven Osborne
  4. Fantaisie burlesque, for piano, I/11  - Olivier Messiaen  - Jean Delville  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Michael Spring  - Steven Osborne

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