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Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle – Messiaen: Éclairs sur l’au-del… (2004) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle – Messiaen: Éclairs sur l’au-del… (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:00:24 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital booklet | © Warner Classics

Éclairs sur l’au-dela (Illuminations of the Beyond) was Messiaen’s last work. It shares with his other large-scale orchestral pieces a sense of otherworldly grandeur, obsessively repeated rhythmic and melodic patterns, birdcalls, and a riot of orchestral color, among much else. Its eleven movements address different aspects of the title and, like virtually everything Messiaen wrote, could not be mistaken for any other composer. Rattle and the Berlin Orchestra deliver a skilled, dynamic rendition, steering clear of the kitschy implications of sections where Messiaen skirts the edges of kitsch (enjoyable as they may be). Unexpectedly, the Berliners sound at home in this music, with some terrific solo and section contributions, and special kudos due to the percussionists and winds, especially the flutes, whose birdcalls resound throughout the work. Transparent engineering uncovers details in the score, further making this a delight for Messiaen fans. –Dan Davis


01. I. Apparition Du Christ Glorieux
02. II. La Constellation Du Sagittaire
03. III. L’Oiseau-Lyre Et La Ville-Fiancee
04. IV. Les Elus Marques Du Sceau
05. V. Demeurer Dans L’Amour
06. VI. Les Sept Anges Aux Sept Trompettes
07. VII. Et Dieu Essuiera Tout Larme De Leurs Yeux…
08. VIII. Les Etoiles Et La Gloire
09. IX. Plusiers Oiseaux Des Arbres De Vie
10. X. Le Chemin De I’Invisible
11. XI. Le Christ, Lumiere Du Paradis


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