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  • Composer: Messiaen
  • Audio CD (Dec 1 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B000034CWZ
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Prlds: The Dove
2. Prlds: Song Of Ecstasy In A Sad Landscape
3. Prlds: The Light Number
4. Prlds: Dead Instants
5. Prlds: The Impalpable Sounds Of The Dream
6. Prlds: Bells Of Anguish And Tears Of Farewell
7. Prlds: Calm Plaint
8. Prlds: A Reflection In The Wind
9. Four Rhythmic Studies: Isle Of Fire I
10. Four Rhythmic Studies: Mode Of Durations And Intensities
11. Four Rhythmic Studies: Rhythmic Neumes
12. Four Rhythmic Studies: Isle Of Fire II
13. Canteyodjaya

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It might surprise those who think of Messiaen as a composer of emotional--and temporal!--blockbusters to know that among his earliest published works is this modest set of Eight Preludes, completed in 1929 at the time of his graduation from the Paris Conservatoire. Yes, the shadow of Debussy looms large in Messiaen's musical thinking at this stage, not least in terms of piano technique, but there's also a freedom of harmonic and rhythmic thinking that looks forward to the innovations to come. The titles sound oblique quoted away from the music, but the even-numbered preludes, in particular, are every bit as imaginative as they sound. 20 years on, and the Four Rhythmic Studies are from a vastly-changed world--musical and otherwise. This was the period when Messiaen was (unwittingly) showing the way forward to the rebellious spirits of the post-war avant-garde. Not that you need to decode this music in order to enjoy its prismatic colours and textures. Cantéyodjaya too inhabits a world not so different from that of Messiaen's flamboyant orchestral masterpieces. Thoughtful, attentive performances from Austbø make for a disc enjoyable and stimulating. --Richard Whitehouse

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa9d84510) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0xa9e9e660) out of 5 stars A must for piano music lovers. Oct. 11 2001
By Tom Furgas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This splendid disc of piano works by Messiaen is an essential addition to any library of 20th century piano music. Hakon Austbo performs these works with authority and panache. The recording is superb, and as usual Naxos provides excellent liner notes, and all this for a teriffic bargain price, to boot! The previous volumes of Messiaen in this series are equally vital, and impressive. Bravo, Naxos!!!
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa9da427c) out of 5 stars Performances of Modern Monoliths Aug. 21 2001
By S. C Rice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Oliver Messiaen will most likely be remembered as one of the 20th century�s most craftsmanly and innovative composers. In his teachings at Darmstadt, he taught directly or influenced Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Franco Donatoni, Jean Barraque� and John Cage. Messiaen composed in a wide range of styles within the modern idiom. This piano music set demonstrates some of this variety. The 8 �Preludes� are reminiscent of Debussy and have pseudo � programmatic titles, just as the Debussy preludes. This pieces are excellent, many of them (in my opinion) thoroughly outdo the Debussy preludes in craft. The should be a more regular part of the piano oevure, especially with the frequency that Debussy is played. The �Etude of Durations And Intensities� was presented at the summer classes at Darmstadt and was the spark that inspired Boulez to �Structures I,� Stockhausen to �KontraPunkt� and �Kreuzspiel,� Cage to �the Music of Changes,� unintentionally giving birth to both the American indeterminist school and the pieces of total serialism. A monolith piece in the development of music in the 1900�s; it should be heard. The last piece demonstrates the late technique of Messiaen, which was harsher than his early music, but no longer so experimental. The performance on this recording is clear and leaves the listener with a good idea of the pieces. A meritous listen; excellent piano music. A must for any musician, pianist or those interested in modern music. And at the naxos price!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa9e7f4a4) out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful May 27 2001
By Michael G. Mcneill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first listened to this CD while I was trying to write a philosophy essay; I wouldn't recommend anyone else try that. The preludes brought me nearly to tears. Messaien could make stunningly clear chord progressions using the most "dissonant" of intervals and voicings; one realizes that dissonance is relative if not non-existent. I think that even those who are turned off by most twentieth century music would appreciate these as much as I do. The remaining pieces posess an incredible drive and intensity. These early compositions show a composer already well on his way to making the profound music of his later years.