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Messiaen: Meditations sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite

By Tom Winpenny

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By Tom Winpenny. By Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #8573979. Published by Naxos (NX.8573979).

Item Number: NX.8573979

Olivier Messiaen's Meditations sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite grew out of improvisations that he performed at the inauguration of the rebuilt organ of La Trinite in 1967. It became his largest cycle to date and marks Messiaen's first use of 'communicable language,' in which each letter of the alphabet is assigned a unique pitch and note value, thereby translating text into music. Haunting harmonies, awe-inspiring monumental grandeur and the deepest profundity of expression are contrasted by the innocence of birdsong with the recurrent call of the yellowhammer, a tranquil voice from nature amid kaleidoscopic Biblical themes.

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