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

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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-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 927 MB
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Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Harmonia Mundi) Olivier Messiaen – Quartet For The End Of Time (Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps – Gawriloff, Deinzer, Palm, Aloys Kontarsky)

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Quatuor pour la fin du temps, also known by its English title Quartet for the End of Time, was premiered in 1941. The piece is scored for clarinet (in B-flat), violin, cello, and piano; a typical performance of the complete work lasts about 50 minutes.
Messiaen was 31 years old when France entered World War II. He was captured by the German army in June 1940 and imprisoned in Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany (now Zgorzelec, Poland). While in transit to the camp, Messiaen showed the clarinetist Henri Akoka, also a prisoner, the sketches for what would become Abîme des oiseaux. Two other professional musicians, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Étienne Pasquier, were among his fellow prisoners, and after he managed to obtain some paper and a small pencil from a sympathetic guard (Carl-Albert Brüll, 1902-1989), Messiaen wrote a short trio for them; this piece developed into the Quatuor for the same trio with himself at the piano. The combination of instruments is unusual, but not without precedent: Walter Rabl had composed for it in 1896, as had Paul Hindemith in 1938.The quartet was premiered at the camp, outdoors and in the rain, on 15 January 1941. The musicians had decrepit instruments and an audience of about 400 fellow prisoners and guards. The cello was bought with donations from camp members. Messiaen later recalled: “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.”

Composer: Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Saschko Gawriloff, Hans Deinzer, Siegfried Palm, Aloys Kontarsky
Vinyl (1978)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Harmonia Mundi
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 960 MB
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Louis Thiry – Olivier Messiaen: Messe De La Pentecôte (French pressing)

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# Composer: Olivier Messiaen
# Performer: Louis Thiry
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Calliope Records | CAL 1927
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (908MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (223MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

“Louis Thiry is an extraordinary organist. An accomplished virtuoso, an all-round musician, with unequaled memory and skill: he may be classed among the heroes of music (he has given several fine performances of my most difficult organ works – in particular my “Messe de la Pentecôte”). All those who have heard and all those who will hear Louis Thiry can but admire him.”
Olivier Messiaen

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Argo) Four Centuries of Organ Music – Simon Preston

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# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger, Paul Hindemith, Charles Marie Widor, Cesar Franck, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Vierne, Franz Liszt, Henry Purcell, Peter Maxwell Davis, Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar
# Performer: Simon Preston
# Vinyls (1963-1970)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Argo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 11
# Size:
3.37 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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