Sunday, February 14, 2010

"The most ethereally beautiful music of the twentieth century..."

In the course of an online conversation about Olivier Messiaen, friend of the blog Stella P introduced me to a wonderful essay by Alex Ross about Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. That in turn sent me hunting for the music online so I could share it with you. This clip contains the fifth movement, "Louange à l'éternité de Jésus." It is indeed ethereal music and needs an attentive listener to work its transcendent magic. If you're not familiar with the work, I suggest at least skimming the essay first so you'll have an idea what you're getting into. If you want to hear more, the recording Ross mentions is available for download at Amazon.

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