Bruckner - Symphony no.8; Messiaen - Couleurs de la Cite Celeste (DVD + Blu-ray)
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO3042
Format: DVD + Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 25th May 2018
WorksSymphony no.8 in C minor (Haas edition)
Couleurs de la Cite Celeste
ArtistsPierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
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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