Bruckner - Symphony no.8; Messiaen - Couleurs de la Cite Celeste (DVD + Blu-ray) | LSO Live LSO3042

Bruckner - Symphony no.8; Messiaen - Couleurs de la Cite Celeste (DVD + Blu-ray)

£11.88

Label: LSO Live

Cat No: LSO3042

Format: DVD + Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Expected Release Date: 25th May 2018

Contents

Artists

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Simon Rattle

Works

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.8 in C minor (Haas edition)

Messiaen, Olivier

Couleurs de la Cite Celeste

Artists

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Simon Rattle

About

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO are joined by revered French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a concert film that bringstogether music by Anton Bruckner and Olivier Messiaen: two composers as united in their devotion to the Catholic faith as they are divergent in their  approaches to writing music.

The programme begins with Bruckner’s monumental Eighth Symphony, with Rattle leading the London Symphony Orchestra through its 1939 edition, prepared by the Austrian musicologist Robert Haas. The composer’s last complete symphony, it has since become characterised by its explosive, dramatic nature and immense scale. Taking Bruckner over five years to compose and revise, it would only be performed three times whilst he was alive.

In stark contrast to the magnitude of Bruckner’s Eighth, Messiaen’s Couleurs de la Cité Céleste lasts just over quarter of an hour. The 20th-century work comprises sequences of short episodes and serves as a microcosm of the composer’s various preoccupations, from birdsong to the Book of Revelation. Centred on the piano and performed by a reduced orchestra, Aimard takes to the stage, offering an expert rendition of Messiaen’s often overlooked work.

‘Unconventional, beautifully prepared and deeply humane.’ - The Arts Desk

‘The LSO [give] their all for their new chief.’ - The Guardian

‘An impressive interpretation in the making.’ - Classical Source

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