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Olivier Messiaen - Mystic (The Musical Visions Of Olivier Messiaen) album

Olivier Messiaen - Mystic (The Musical Visions Of Olivier Messiaen) album
Performer: Olivier Messiaen
Genre: Classical
Title: Mystic (The Musical Visions Of Olivier Messiaen)
FLAC album size: 1307
Style: Modern, Contemporary
Country: Europe
Released: 1996

Release group by Olivier Messiaen. Type: Album + Compilation.

French composer/organist Olivier Messiaen (1909-1992) improvises at the organ of the Paris Church of the Sainte-Trinité (Holy Trinity), where he wa. .

Mystic: The Musical Visions of Olivier Messiaen is a sort of greatest-hits package for the composer that followed in the wake of his death in 1992, though none too hard - Mystic did not appear until 1996.

French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was a deeply religious (Roman Catholic) composer with a mystical bent and a love for the wonders and sounds of nature. Many of his works for orchestra are great sprawling pastiches of sound, exquisitely beautiful in some sections and then bombastically overbearing in other moments. In the very kindest sense of the analogy, this CD is the musical equivalent of CLIFF NOTES (except we're not drudging through WUTHERING HEIGHTS, here). And my feeling is: For those not familiar with Messiaen, any appreciable method to enlightenment is fine, any approach valid. This CD offers the gentlest of entrees into the sound world of Messiaen, and for this, alone, it must be enthusiastically recommended.

The Messiaen essay by Virgil Thompson is reprinted from the Complete Music Journalism of Virgil Thomson (Oxford University Press, 1996) by permission of the Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd. ℗ 1991 (2,3), 1993 (6-9), 1994 (5), 1995 (1) Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg. 1979 (4) Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg.

The compositions by Olivier Messiaen include works for chamber ensemble, orchestra, vocal music, music for piano and organ, as well as some of the earliest electronic music, with his use of the ondes martenot in several of his conpositions. Messiaen's work is characterised by rhythmic complexity, his interest in ornithology and birdcalls, and his system of modes of limited transposition. Works are listed both by genre and chronologically. Saint-François d'Assise ("St. Francis of Assisi"), (1975–83).

When Olivier Messiaen died in April 1992, the musical world mourned the loss not only of one of the most distinctive and influential composers this century, but of an artist who, in contrast to many contemporaries, raised his sights above the difficulties of human existence, choosing instead to convey the mysteries of his religious faith. A year later Messiaen entered the Paris Conservatoire where his teachers included Paul Dukas and Marcel Dupré.

Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992) was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist. Messiaen's music is rhythmically complex (he was interested in rhythms from ancient Greece and from Hindu sources), and is harmonically and melodically based on modes of limited transposition, which were Messiaen's own innovation. Many of his compositions depict what he termed "the marvellous aspects of the faith", drawing on his unshakeable Roman Catholicism.

When Olivier Messiaen died in 1992 at the age of 83, my first thought was that I’d missed him. I had long intended to make a pilgrimage to Église de la Saint-Trinité in Paris for Sunday mass. Since his 20s, Messiaen had served as organist there. Reputedly, if the spirit moved him, the organ play-out at the end of Mass would turn into an extended improvisation, a free concert for all-comers by one of the great musicians of the 20th century. But I never got round to it.


Vocalise 4:23
Joy Of The Blood Of The Stars 6:42
Garden Of Love's Sleep 12:39
In Praise Of The Eternity Of Jesus 8:36
Abide In Love 10:08
The Ascension (L'Ascension) (32:17)
Majesty Of Christ... 8:17
Serene Alleluias Of A Soul Desiring Heaven 6:06
Alleluia Of The Trumpet 5:32
Prayer Of Christ 12:22


Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
449 377-2 Olivier Messiaen Mystic (The Musical Visions Of Olivier Messiaen) ‎(CD, Comp) Deutsche Grammophon 449 377-2 Europe 1996
449 377-2 Olivier Messiaen Mystic (The Musical Visions Of Olivier Messiaen) ‎(CD, Comp) Deutsche Grammophon 449 377-2 US 1996
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