Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time (Quatour pour la fin du Temps)

Christina Åstrand, Henrik Dam Thomsen, Johnny Teyssier, Per Salo

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In this new performance of Quartet for the End of Time from Our Recordings, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra presents two of the most highly esteemed classical musicians in Denmark, violinist and concertmaster Christina Åstrand and pianist Per Salo (aka Duo Åstrand/Salo) are joined by two solo players from The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Johnny Teyssier, clarinet, and Henrik Dam Thomsen, cello for a performance as pure as crystal and as immense as space.

Messiaen’s most famous work, Quartet for the End of Time (Quatuor pour la fin du temps), was composed while a captive in a German prisoner of war at Stalag VIII A, located near the town of Görlitz-Moys in Silesia, Germany. Messiaen met there three fellow prisoners who were also accomplished musicians: Etienne Pasquier, a world-class cellist who had already secured an international reputation as a member of the Pasquier Trio; Jean Le Bou-laire, a violinist who had studied at the Paris Conservatory; and Henri Akoka, a clarinetist who was a member of the Paris-based Orchestre National de la Radio. Together, this unusual ensemble formed the basis for one of the most extraordinary works of the 20th century.

Rooted in his deeply Christian faith, the Quatuor is inspired by the 10th chapter of the Book of Revelation. It was also Messiaen’s first composition to include bird song, in addition to his developing use of color imagery, and his continuing exploration of many interesting and novel ways of rhythmic organization to create a feeling of timelessness.

This album was made possible with generous support from Augustinus Fonden, Beckett Fonden, William Demant Fonden and Solistforeningen af 1921.

Christina Astrand – Violin
Johnny Teyssier – Clarinet
Henrik Dam Thomsen – Cello
Per Salo – Piano

Tracklist

1.
l: Liturgie de cristal
02:50
2.
ll: Vocalise - pour l´ange qui annonce la fin du Temps
05:15
3.
lll: Abime des oiseaux
07:40
4.
lV: Interméde
01:38
5.
V: Louange à l´Éternité de Jésus
08:04
6.
Vl: Danse de la fureur - pour le sept trompettes
06:16
7.
Vll: Fouilles d´arcs-en-ciel - pour l´ange qui annonce la fin du Temps
07:49
8.
Vlll:Louange à l´lmmortalité de Jésus
07:01

Total time: 00:46:33

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SKU

6220679

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Analog to Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies at DXD (352.8 kHz)

Executive Producers

Hjarne Fessel and Lars Hannibal

Funding

This album was made possible with generous support from Augustinus Fonden, Beckett Fonden, William Demant Fonden and Solistforeningen af 1921

Loudspeakers

B&W 802D Nautilus Diamond speakers

Mastering Engineers

Preben Iwan (DXD), Tom Caulfield (DXD to DSD Transfers)

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Horus, Merging Technologies

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Decca Tree with 3x DPA 4006-TL

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Producer

Preben Iwan

Recording Engineer

Preben Iwan

Recording Location

Carl Nielsen Hall in Odense Concert Hall on June 6th and 7th, 2020

Recording Software

Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation, Merging Technologies

Release Date May 5, 2022

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