Messiaen - Catalogue d’Oiseaux (SACD + DVD)
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Cat No: PTC5186670
Format: SACD + DVD
Number of Discs: 4
Release Date: 29th March 2018
Due to its radical naturalism, the Catalogue d'Oiseaux is exceptional within the repertoire for solo piano. It is the grand hymn to nature from a man who never ceased to marvel at the stupefying beauty of landscapes or the magic of bird song.
With his Catalogue, Messiaen tried - in his own words - "to render exactly the typical birdsong of a region, surrounded by its neighbours from the same habitat, as well as the form of song at different hours of the day and night," suggesting an almost scientific approach to his subjects. The idea of 'reproduction' may have been central to Messiaen's conception of the Catalogue d'Oiseaux, but in the finished work we hear a great composer at work, a master of innovative structures who finds an astonishing range of piano sonorities.
In a world that is increasingly being destroyed by man, Aimard views this cycle as "a musical refuge that resonates with an audience ever more concerned, expanded and affected."
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