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Turangalila Symphony

Messiaen Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Turanglila-Symphonie: I. Introduction
2. Turanglila-Symphonie: II. Chant d'amour 1
3. Turanglila-Symphonie: III. Turangalila 1
4. Turanglila-Symphonie: IV Chant d'amour 2
5. Turanglila-Symphonie: V. Joie du sang des etoiles
6. Turanglila-Symphonie: VI. Jardin du sommeil
7. Turanglila-Symphonie: VII. Turangalila 2
Disc: 2
1. Turanglila-Symphonie: VIII. Developpement de l'Amour
2. Turanglila-Symphonie: IX. Turangalila 3
3. Turanglila-Symphonie: X. Final
4. L'ascension: I. Majeste du Christ demandant sa gloire a son Pere
5. L'ascension: II. Alleluia sereins d'une ame qui desire le ciel
6. L'ascension: III. Alleluia sur la trompette, Alleluia sur la cymbale
7. L'ascension: IV. Priere du Christ montant vers son Pere

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If you don't know this towering masterpiece of 20th-century music, then here's the perfect opportunity to sample a compelling performance without hurting your pocket. A work that embraces love and joy, life and death--exuberant, passionate, erotic, sensuous, spiritual, dripping with colour and positively itchy with infectious rhythm. Mountains of sound stand close to gardens of great intimacy touched by the haunting electronic sounds of the ondes martenot. There is something, somewhere in Turangalnla to appeal to anyone. This is a cracking performance which can hold its head up alongside the best, the players plunging headlong into every hair-raising challenge (try the famous "Joie du sang des etoiles") yet also, under the impressive Antoni Wit, able to convey the magic of moments where time stands still, as in "Jardin du sommeil". Weigel and Bloch are admirable. The recording is excellent--spacious and detailed. L'Ascension is in its way just as much a showcase for the talents (not least the brass) of the PNRSO. These four meditations (one a vibrant scherzo) on the ascension of Christ express the very heart of Messiaen's Catholicism yet reach out to a far wider sense of the spiritual in man. Again, a first-rate performance. --Andrew Green

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Turangalîla-Symphonie - L'Ascension / Thomas Bloch, ondes martenot - François Weigel, piano - Orchestre de la Radio Nationale Polonaise - Antoni Wit, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic carpet ride... May 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having repeatedly listened to this superb Naxos double cd, I have no hesitation in heartilly reccommending it to you.
Other reviewers have praised the orchestra, the soloists and Naxos; I acknowledge them all but would like to add my nine-penneth. This work (Tuangalila) is possibly or even probably, the single most important work of the twentieth century. It is huge, it is a cartoon soundtrack, it is profound and it is mind-blowing. Messiaen alone could have welded such a work from such disparate parts and made them a glorious whole.
To put it simply I like Messiaen, I like Naxos, and this has to be one of their finest disks. I take my hat off to all concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Naxos has made... July 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Antoni Wit have made a WHOLELOTTA discs for Naxos. These discs of Messiaen's music may well be the jewel in their crown...at least so far.
You always have to fasten your musical seat belts when dealing with the mightly enigmatic music of Messiaen. No exception here. Yet Wit and his band seem to have their stuff together on this recording. This makes for Messiaen as it should be...free, full of life, without losing vision and insight.
The price alone should be enough to persuade those unsure souls who've yet to enter Messiaen's musical world to give it a whirl. If not, let me encourage you--take the leap! This recording will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Music Dec 17 2001
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Format:Audio CD
If you are new to the music of Olivier Messiaen, the music on these CDs is likely to sound completely different from anything you have ever heard. The sheer excitement that this music generates is breathtaking. The playing of this very complex music is precise and the sound clear, almost as if the musicians were in the room with you. I strongly recommend these CDs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad to the bone... April 17 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the only Turangalila I know, but still I feel I can say that these ravish polish players don't know any compromise; they get to work here with a gripping, almost merciless drive and fervor, that I can only take my hat and bow... If you want to relax, look elsewhere, but if you'd like to take a walk on the wild side, this is the one for you. Bad to the bone, or to the loudspeakers or your neighbors ears, that is.
The piece itself, oddly enough, reminds me of Mussorgsky's "Pictures" work from time to time, as it has also an eastern influence that renders it a bit exotic, especially through the well embedded Ondes Martenot. It's like Mussorgsky meets Schoenberg, so to speak. The sound is good and clear, but also hard as glass, just in tune with a white hot performance like this one.
In summary, if you want something extraordinary and different, go for it. Five stars to Antoni and the boys, well done and well deserved.
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