Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen

Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)

Messiaen’s most famous work, Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time), was composed while a captive in a German prisoner of war at Stalag VIII A, located near the town of Görlitz-Moys in Silesia, Germany. Messiaen met there three fellow prisoners who were also accomplished musicians: Etienne Pasquier, a world-class cellist who had already secured an international reputation as a member of the Pasquier Trio; Jean Le Bou-laire, a violinist who had studied at the Paris Conservatory; and Henri Akoka, a clarinetist who was a member of the Paris-based Orchestre National de la Radio. Together, this unusual ensemble formed the basis for one of the most extraordinary works of the 20th century.

Rooted in his deeply Christian faith, the Quatuor is inspired by the 10th chapter of the Book of Revelation. It was also Messiaen’s first composition to include bird song, in addition to his developing use of color imagery, and his continuing exploration of many interesting and novel ways of rhythmic organization to create a feeling of timelessness.

Two of the most highly esteemed classical musicians in Denmark, violinist and concertmaster Christina Åstrand and pianist Per Salo (AKA Duo Åstrand/Salo) are joined by two solo players from The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Johnny Teyssier, clarinet, and Henrik Dam Thomsen, cello for a performance as pure as crystal and as immense as space.

The recording is made in both DXD format and Dolby Atmos and produced by Preben Iwan.

Live performance at DR Concert Hall:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHb7GK_ZCqM

Reviews

Olivier Messiaen

July 15, 2022

Gramophone

Richard Whitehouse

Olivier Messiaen

June 30, 2022

Album of the week Slipped Disc.

Norman Lebrecht

Olivier Messiaen

June 2, 2022

Fanfare 5th review 5 Stars

Marc Medwin

Olivier Messiaen

June 2, 2022

Fanfare interview with Christina Åstrand, by Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke

Olivier Messiaen

May 30, 2022

Fanfare 4th review for Amazon 4/5 Stars

Allison Eck

Olivier Messiaen

May 27, 2022

Klassik Heute 9/10/9

Holger Sambale

Olivier Messiaen

May 20, 2022

The Whole Note, Canada

David Olds

Olivier Messiaen

May 9, 2022

Great 5 stars review in Fanfare

Raymond Tuttle

Olivier Messiaen

May 9, 2022

Great 5 stars review in Pizzicato

Uwe Krusch

Olivier Messiaen

April 30, 2022

Kristeligt Dagblad, 6 stjerner

Peter Dürrfeld

Olivier Messiaen

April 30, 2022

slidel-classical-reviews.blogspot.com

Martin Slidel

Olivier Messiaen

April 22, 2022

CF Blog (France)

Francis Couste