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Aching Beauty

Messiaen's
'Turangalîla-Symphonie' -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... vibrant, almost hesitant strings ...'

Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie. © 2012 Hyperion Records Ltd

It's easy to see why Turangalîla, after its 1949 premiere with Boston Symphony, became an audience favourite. Its orchestral palette, enlivened by brilliant brass chording and variegated percussion accents, is resplendent. (Commentators are prone to fuss over the ondes martenot, an electronic instrument with an eerie, theremin-like sound, but its overall contribution is minimal.) The faster movements are invested with a rhythmic drive that holds the listener's attention...

Copyright © 17 November 2012 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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MESSIAEN: TURANGALÎLA-SYMPHONIE

OLIVIER MESSIAEN

TURANGALILA-SYMPHONIE

NORWAY

FRANCE

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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