London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle

with Pierre-Laurent Aimard

14 April 2016 / 19:30

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Sir Simon Rattle conducts Messiaen and Bruckner, two composers as united in their devotion to the Catholic faith as they are divergent in their approaches to writing music.

First Messiaen, the voracious musical omnivore whose Couleurs de la cité céleste is a microcosm of his numerous preoccupations – from birdsong to the book of Revelations – set in a sequence of lively episodes performed by a reduced orchestra centred on the piano. This short piece sets the stage for Bruckner’s monumental Eighth Symphony, a complete contrast with its grand scale and dramatic writing. It is performed here in the 1939 edition prepared by Austrian musicologist Robert Haas.

Programme & Performers

Messiaen Couleurs de la Cité Céleste
Bruckner Symphony No 8

Sir Simon Rattle
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
London Symphony Orchestra

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Sat 16 Apr-Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Messiaen

This event is part of:
London Symphony Orchestra 2015-16

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Recorded for broadcast on Mezzo


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