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|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|
|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|
Turangalîla-Symphonie - L'Ascension / Thomas Bloch, ondes martenot - François Weigel, piano - Orchestre de la Radio Nationale Polonaise - Antoni Wit, direction
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
Top Customer Reviews
Take the Naxos release of Olivier Messiaen's "Turangalila Symphony." There's a good chance you've never heard of "Turangalila," and the reason is simple. It's an enormous, staggering work. As if the sheer difficulty of the music isn't enough, it lasts a full ten movements. And let's not also forget the kind of themes that pervade it. In Messiaen's own words, it is a "song of love, hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death."
There are not that many recordings of "Turangalila" for the above reasons. It's an insanely difficult work. So perhaps it is somewhat surprising that the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Antoni Wit, decides to attempt to conquer it. The result is far and away the best recording ever made of the darn piece. Sure, you've never heard of the orchestra or the conductor. And sure, it costs nothing compared to recordings with better known performers. I still insist that it's the best that's out there. I've probably already said too much. I wholeheartedly encourage you to buy this release immediately and experience the piece and the stellar performance for yourself. I guarantee you that you won't regret it.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Having repeatedly listened to this superb Naxos double cd, I have no hesitation in heartilly reccommending it to you. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Christopher Lansdown
I'm sorry to anyone who likes this but that is the worst piece of orchestral music i have ever heard in my life. Read morePublished on March 24 2004