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
Total time: 00:46:33
|Analog to Digital Converters||
Horus, Merging Technologies at DXD (352.8 kHz)
Hjarne Fessel and Lars Hannibal
This album was made possible with generous support from Augustinus Fonden, Beckett Fonden, William Demant Fonden and Solistforeningen af 1921
B&W 802D Nautilus Diamond speakers
Preben Iwan (DXD), Tom Caulfield (DXD to DSD Transfers)
Horus, Merging Technologies
Decca Tree with 3x DPA 4006-TL
|Original Recording Format|
Carl Nielsen Hall in Odense Concert Hall on June 6th and 7th, 2020
Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation, Merging Technologies
|Release Date||May 5, 2022|
Nevertheless taken on its own elegantly detached terms, this performance is eloquently committed and well worth investigating… Johnny Teyssier is very much there in front of you and the piano is a real instrument, with almost all (as yet, after 67 years of stereo, no recording can completely accurately reproduce any instrument) of its tonal, dynamic and percussive shading intact (piano sound such as this puts Decca’s recent Uchida Beethoven album to shame). The dynamic range is extended at both ends, which means, unlike so many albums, you can hear ppp and fff.
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