Tag: messiaen

  • Quartet for the End of Time

    These two videos (each illustrating one movement from Olivier Messiaen’s A Quartet for the End of Time) are truly remarkable. They feature artist Zack Smithey, and were produced by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for an upcoming concert. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QrGzES0UNk] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNbjQTSkin0] Listening to these pieces in the context of the video was interesting for…

  • Olivier Messiaen

    Alex Ross has a new post about the centennial of Olivier Messiaen. I had the privelage of seeing pianist Jeff Payne perform Messiaen’s masterpiece, Vingt regards sur l’enfant-J├ęsus in a (I’m told) rare complete performance. I found the experience completely disorienting. I found the lack of melody hard to deal with, and reminded me of…