HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Argo) Olivier Messiaen – Visions De L’Amen (Ogdon/Lucas)

All thanks for this gem go to our friend Trottar
Brenda Lucas and John Ogdon performed in 1971 one of the most splendid and idomatic versions of this introspective and amazing work of Messiaen. After years and decades of silence, at last this recording got out from the vaults. Lucas and Ogdon play it magnificently, making light of its difficulties of text and ensemble. Enjoy it. It’s part of the inmense legacy of this musical genius.

Composer: Olivier Messiaen
Performer: John Ogdon, Brenda Lucas
Vinyl 1971
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Argo
DR 13
Size: 927 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Olivier Messiaen composed “Visions de l’Amen,” a work for two pianos, in 1943 after having been released from a prisoner of war camp (where he’d written the justly-famous “Quartet for the End of Time”). For Messiaen, who experienced a type of synesthesia, colors could evoke sounds. He composed “Visions” in the key of A, which he decided was blue, the color of the sky and eternity. Of course that impression would occur to about .000001% of listeners, as would its purported religious content. Much more notable is the style and structure of the pieces, whose roots in Balinese music, plainchant, bird songs, and the pianist Yvonne Loriod (his wife, muse and former student), defy rational analysis.

Like most of his other works, “Visions” are composed in massive sound blocks without much development or continuity. The longest work in the cycle, for example, “Amen du Desir,” begins lyrically, almost tenuously, with a melody that’s first hinted at, eventually stated boldly and repetitively, then suddenly departed from rather than varied or echoed. The shortest piece, “Amen du Judgement,” is a series of sound blocks with andante scalar runs punctuated by dark ominous chords. Lucas and Ogdon do this piece far more justice by bringing out its rough edges and dissonant sonorities than Peter Serkin and Yuji Takahashi did by draping it in romantic tissue 18 years ago.



  Visions De L’Amen, Pour Deux Pianos
32-1 I. Amen De La Création 6:10
32-2 II. Amen Des Étoiles, De La Planète À L’Anneau 6:09
32-3 III. Amen De L’Agonie De Jésus 7:45
32-4 IV. Amen Du Désir 12:16
32-5 V. Amen Des Anges, Des Saints, Du Chant Des Oiseaux 7:44
32-6 VI. Amen Du Jugement 2:38
32-7 VII. Amen De La Consommation 7:30


Analyzed folder: /96k Messiaen – Visions De L’Amen
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -1.77 dB     -21.38 dB     A1 I. Amen De La Creation.aif
DR12        -0.61 dB     -15.57 dB     A2 II. Amen Des Etoiles, De La Planete A L’Anneau.aif
DR14        -1.04 dB     -19.71 dB     A3 III. Amen De L’Agonie De Jesus.aif
DR13        -1.35 dB     -21.10 dB     B1 IV. Amen Du Desir.aif
DR15        -0.87 dB     -19.74 dB     B2 V. Amen Des Anges, Des Saints, Du Chant Des Oiseaux.aif
DR13        -1.45 dB     -18.04 dB     B3 VI. Amen Du Jugement.aif
DR12        -0.41 dB     -15.82 dB     B4 VII. Amen De La Consommation.aif
Number of files:    7
Official DR value:    DR13


Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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