Olivier Messiaen was born 98 years ago, on December 10, 1908.
New Music Reblog post a live performance of his Quartet for the End of Time. The quartet was written after Messiaen, then a French soldier, was captured and incarcerated in a German prisoner-of-war camp, and first performed by the composer and three fellow inmates in the unheated barracks of Stalag VIIIA on January 15, 1941, before an audience of 300 prisoners and their German guards.
Olivier Messiaen è nato 98 anni fa, il 10 dicembre.
New Music Reblog pubblica una esecuzione live del suo Quartetto per la Fine dei Tempi, scritto nel campo di concentramento nazista in cui Messiaen era rinchiuso nel 1941 ed eseguito il 15 gennaio davanti a 300 prigionieri e ai loro carcerieri tedeschi.
Olivier Messiaen – Quartet for the End of Time (1941)
Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Leslie Parnas, cello; Kyung-wha Chung, violin; and Lee Luvisi, piano
Live in Alice Tully Hall, February 12, 1984