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Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi - 3 Petites liturgies de la Présence Divine

Jane Archibald, Cynthia Millar, Michael Brown, Northwest Boychoir, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot

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Poèmes pour Mi, I/17b, Book 1  
1.1
No. 1. Action de grâces
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
5:21
1.2
No. 2. Paysage
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
1:57
1.3
No. 3. La maison
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
1:38
1.4
No. 4. Épouvante
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
2:53
Poèmes pour Mi, I/17b, Book 2  
1.5
No. 5. L'épouse
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
2:42
1.6
No. 6. Ta voix
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
3:22
1.7
No. 7. Les deux guerriers
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
1:39
1.8
No. 8. Le collier
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
3:29
1.9
No. 9. Prière exaucée
Olivier Messiaen; Jane Archibald; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
3:03
3 Petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, I/26  
1.10
No. 1. Antienne de la conversation intérieure
Olivier Messiaen; Cynthia Millar; Michael Brown; Northwest Boychoir; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
9:21
1.11
No. 2. Séquence du Verbe, cantique divin
Olivier Messiaen; Cynthia Millar; Michael Brown; Northwest Boychoir; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
6:51
1.12
No. 3. Psalmodie de l'ubiquité par lmour
Olivier Messiaen; Cynthia Millar; Michael Brown; Northwest Boychoir; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot
17:01
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:17
“In the prominent solo piano part, Michael Brown dispatched Messiaen’s complex rhythms incisively... ‘Trois petites liturgies’ lasts more than a half-hour, and Morlot made its themes of a divine cosmic resonance spellbinding. He drew out Messiaen’s potent contrasts of meter-defying melody and hectic rhythmic activity, of wild wonder and blissful contemplation.” - Thomas May, The Seattle Times This release from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ludovic Morlot sees these musicians collaborate with the Northwest Boychoir, soprano Jane Archibald, pianist Michael Brown, and Cynthia Millar on ondes Martenot (an early electronic instrument) for two lesser-known works by the revolutionary composer Olivier Messiaen. 3 Petites liturgies de la Présence Divine was the first piece Messiaen wrote after being released from a prisoner of war camp in 1941 and explores colour, rhythm, and religious symbolism, as much of this composer's work did, while the Poèmes pour Mi song cycle was dedicated to his first wife, the violinist Claire Delbos, and reflects joyfully on their life together. “What does a rose-window in a cathedral do? It teaches through imagery, through symbolism, through all the characters that inhabit it — but what most catches the eye are its thousand spots of color which ultimately dissolve into a single, pure shade, so that someone looking on says only, ‘That window is blue,’ or ‘That window is violet.’” - Messiaen on composing 3 Petites liturgies
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