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MESSIAEN, O.: Harawi / 3 Melodies (Bruun, Hyldig)

Composer(s):Messiaen, Olivier
Artist(s) Hyldig, Kristoffer Nyholm, piano • Bruun, Hetna Regitze, soprano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.572189
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Messiaen’s song cycles Trois Mélodies (1930) and Harawi (1945) were both inspired by the loss of a loved one: the Mélodies are a memorial to his mother who had died three years previously and Harawi was written shortly after his wife Claire Delbos had begun to suffer from the long illness that would ultimately lead to her death. But far from resorting to misery, the shimmering beauty of Messiaen’s music leaves the listener with a sense of hope and transcendence.


Review By Dirk Wieschollek,Fono Forum,April 2010

8.572189_Fono Forum_042010_gr.pdf

Review By Joshua Meggitt,Cyclic Defrost,January 2010

Budget classical stalwarts Naxos continue their commendable survey of the music of Olivier Messiaen with a second disc of vocal work, this time the piano-accompanied Trois Melodies and Harawi. The former of 1930 is devoted to Messiaen’s mother who had died three years earlier, the second song of which is a setting to one of her poems. All three are typically unconventional, avoiding obvious evocations of loss and despair; rather, they’re restless celebrations of her spirit. Fuelled by lyrical piano runs and bright, soaring vocal lines, these works hint at the influence of Debussy but are well on their way to marking the composer’s own idiosyncratic voice.



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