Messiaen: Complete Organ Works

Messiaen: Complete Organ Works

by Olivier Latry

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Messiaen: Complete Organ Works

Olivier Messiaen's organ music spans his creative life, from Le Banquet Céleste of 1928 to the Livre du Saint Sacrement of 1984, which may not be surprising, given that the composer spent 60 years of his life as the organist of La Trinitél church in Paris. But these works are not intended merely for worship: "Liturgical music celebrates God in his church," Messiaen said in a lecture given at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. "Religious music reveals him at all hours and all across our planet Earth, in our mountains and oceans, among the birds, flowers and trees, and even in the visible universe of stars that surrounds us." And what ecstatically monumental music he created. There is nothing in the organ literature quite like the Livre du Saint Sacrement, for example, whose 18 movements seem to encompass an entire spectrum of fervent religious feeling. Even when the composer is working within a strict 12-tone technique, as in the first movement of the Livre d'Orgue of 1951, there is a joyousness that is truly uplifting. Messiaen recorded some of these pieces himself -- important documents, all -- and other organists have committed the complete cycle to disc. Olivier Latry, however, has a special connection to this music, and his gifts were appreciated by Messiaen himself. Recorded with all due splendor at the Cathedral of Notre Dame (where Latry serves as organist), the collection comes in a slim yet handsome case. Magnificent!

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947148029
catalogNumber: 471480
Rank: 144898

Tracks

  1. Apparition de l'église éternelle, for organ, I/8
  2. La Nativité du Seigneur, meditations (9) for organ, I/14
  3. Le banquet céleste, for organ, I/1
  4. Offrande au Saint-Sacrement, for organ
  5. Diptyque, for organ, I/3
  6. Le Corps glorieux, brief visions (7) for organ, I/20
  7. Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité, for organ, I/49
  8. Prélude, for organ
  9. Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace, for organ, I/44
  10. Monodie, for organ, I/45a
  11. L' Ascension, for organ (arr. from orchestral piece), I/12b
  12. Messe de la Pentecôte, for organ, I/36
  13. Livre d'orgue, for organ, I/38
  14. Livre du Saint-Sacrement, for organ, I/53

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