L'amour et la foi

Vocal Music by Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992)

Many people go through life without having the faintest inkling of Messiaen’s music, but there is a before and after for all those who have tasted his extraordinary soundscapes. One is no longer the same person, and one wants to have more. It is like a Babette’s Feast of music, both exclusive and exotic, yet utterly spontaneous and embracing a universe of colors and rhythms, human, divine and even extra-terrestrial.

Three of Messiaen’s most passionate vocal masterworks are presented on the current program, from the visionary Trois petites liturgies de la Présence divine (Three Small Liturgies of the Divine Presence) (1934), the popular O sacrum convivium! (1937) and the extraordinary – and extraordinarily difficult – Cinq Rechants (Five Refrains) (1948).

The internationally renowned choir conductor Marcus Creed is joined for this all Messiaen program by the three of Denmark’s greatest musical treasures: The Danish National Concert Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble and The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, in addition to internationally acclaimed soloists Marianna Shirinyan (Piano) and Thomas Bloch (ondes Martenot). An essential disc featuring some of the most hypnotically beautiful and transcendent music of the last century.

  • Thomas Bloch is a globally acclaimed soloist specializing in the rare instruments ondes Martenot, glass harmonica, and cristal Baschet. His performances range from classical and contemporary music to songs, rock, theatre music, opera, improvisation, film music, world music, ballet music. He is also a composer and a producer.

    Ondes Martenot

    Thomas Bloch

  • Marianna Shirinyan is regarded as one of her generation’s leading pianists through her solo appearances with such leading orchestras as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Göteborg and Norrköping Symphony Orchestras in Sweden as well as Odense, Århus and South Jutland Symphony Orchestras in Denmark. During the season 2013-14 Marianna was Artist in residence by the Odense Symphony Orchestra.

    Piano

    Marianna Shirinyan

  • The Danish National Concert Choir is a professional Danish choir with a total of 74 singers. The history of the choir goes back to 1932, when it made its debut with performances of Verdi's Requiem, and since then it has won great international recognition in more or less all classical genres and epochs.

    Choir

    Danish National Concert Choir

  • The Danish National Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1939, originally as a “pops” ensemble, a mission that the ensemble embraced as it continued to play an important role in the renewal of the popular music genres on the domestic Danish scene.

    Orchestra

    Danish National Chamber Orchestra

  • Marcus Creed was born and raised on the south coast of England. He began his studies at King’s College in Cambridge, where he had the opportunity to sing in the famed King’s College Choir.

    Conductor

    Marcus Creed

Reviews

L'amour et la foi

Native DSD, Choral music and DSD fans, you’ll eat this one up.

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Opus Klassik, (NL)

Siebe Riedstra

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Kristeligt Dagblad (DK) 5 stars

Peter Dürrfeld

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Klassik.com (Germany)Solitär

Dr. Matthias Lange

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Opera News

William R. Braun

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Choir & Organ (UK)(4 stars)

Philip Reed

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5 Star review in Holland Magazine Volkskrant

Frits van der Waa

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“VI” (Sweden)

“VI” (Sweden)

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Music web International (2. Review) I am particularly taken with their account of O sacrum convivium! Likewise, when I want to wallow in the Trois petites liturgies I will turn to this new recording.

Leslie Wright

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Gapplegate (UK)The album gives me joy. I imagine it will do the same for you.

Grego Applegate Edwards

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JC Klassiks, Denmark,

John Christiansen

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BBC Music Magazine: (UK)The music is truly extraordinary

Christopher Dingle

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