Messiaen - Les Corps glorieux, Messe de la Pentecote | Naxos 8573682

Messiaen - Les Corps glorieux, Messe de la Pentecote


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573682

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th June 2017



Tom Winpenny (organ)


Messiaen, Olivier

Les Corps glorieux
Messe de la Pentecote


Tom Winpenny (organ)


Olivier Messiaen was a towering figure in 20th-century music, and for many years he considered Les Corps glorieux the favourite of his own works. It is recognised as the pinnacle of his pre-war organ compositions, vividly depicting the themes of resurrection through deeply expressive symbolism, life and death struggles and ecstatic joy. Ten years later the Messe de la Pentecôte marked a departure in style, drawing on Messiaen’s liturgical improvisations and crystallising his latest rhythmic and serial techniques and use of birdsong into a ground-breaking masterpiece.

Recorded on the main organ at Hildesheim Cathedral, German, on 21-22 July 2016

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