Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Theme & Variations | Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold HMG501987

Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Theme & Variations


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Label: Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold

Cat No: HMG501987

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 7th July 2017



Inspired by the Book of Revelation, this infamous quartet for piano, violin, cello and clarinet was scored for the instruments played by musicians who were Messiaen’s fellow captives in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1941. Created in exceptionally testing conditions, it sums up the composer’s experiments and innovations and opened the gates to a new music, and earned the quartet its special place as a masterpiece.

“The Trio Wanderer, with clarinettist Pascal Moraguès, strikes a near-ideal balance between modern ‘cool’ and
espressivo inflection, well matched by crystal-clear engineering.”
- The Strad

“The spiritual dimension [in Quatuor pour la fin du temps] is well projected, especially in the long string lines of the two ‘Louange’ movements, but there could be more freedom and risk-taking in the more energetic music. Clarinettist Pascal Moraguès’s tone is rather rough, though the player shows impressive control in the solo ‘Abîme des oiseaux’. Violinist Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian and pianist Vincent Coq make a convincing case for the early Theme and Variations.” - The Telegraph, 19 July 2008

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