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Jane Archibald|Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi & 3 Petites liturgies de la Présence Divine

Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi & 3 Petites liturgies de la Présence Divine

Cynthia Millar, Michael Brown, Ludovic Morlot, Jane Archibald

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Written in 1936 for his young wife Claire Delbos, Poèmes pour Mi (“Mi” being the nickname the composer gave her) is a kind of wedding gift, nine melodies for soprano and orchestra all directly or indirectly inspired by the Dauphiné landscapes Messiaen had fallen in love with. Even though he wasn’t yet 30, the composer had already found his style, which in its harmonic and rhythmic structure would scarcely change. In some of his poems you can even detect the accents he would go on to use 40 years later in Saint François d’Assise. It goes to show that good music remains good music and recycling − conscious or not − isn’t exclusive to composers of previous centuries! Here Jane Archibald, almost without a hint of accent, sings these small gems with great emotion. Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine, written in 1944 when he was liberated from a prisoner-of-war camp, was initially designed for a women’s choir, piano, ondes Martenot and string orchestra. The Seattle Orchestra and Ludovic Morlot decided to entrust the chorus part to a children’s choir, giving it a “purer” and more angelic sound – a charming idea. Upon creating his work in 1945 Messiaen could boast about a particularly prestigious panel of auditors: Arthur Honegger, Georges Auric, Francis Poulenc, Henri Sauguet, Alexis Roland-Manuel, André Jolivet, Claude Delvincourt, Lazare Lévy, Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, Jean Wiener, Georges Braque, Paul Éluard, Pierre Henry and even Pierre Boulez (not yet famous but probably already predisposed to being spiteful). His success was as dazzling as immediate and lasting. It has everything that makes up Messiaen, including a rather virtuous piano part (played by Yvonne Loriod upon the work’s creation), little birds, Jesus Christ as well as his ever so specific chords, both brilliant and iridescent. © SM/Qobuz

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Poèmes pour Mi for Soprano & Orchestra, I/17b Book 1 (Olivier Messiaen)

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Book 1: No. 1. Action de grâces
Jane Archibald
00:05:21

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

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Book 1: No. 2. Paysage
Jane Archibald
00:01:57

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

3
Book 1: No. 3. La maison
Jane Archibald
00:01:38

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

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Book 1: No. 4. Épouvante
Jane Archibald
00:02:53

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

Poèmes pour Mi for Soprano & Orchestra, I/17b Book 2 (Olivier Messiaen)

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Book 2: No. 5. L'épouse
Jane Archibald
00:02:42

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

6
Book 2: No. 6. Ta voix
Jane Archibald
00:03:22

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

7
Book 2: No. 7. Les deux guerriers
Jane Archibald
00:01:39

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

8
Book 2: No. 8. Le collier
Jane Archibald
00:03:29

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

9
Book 2: No. 9. Prière exaucée
Jane Archibald
00:03:03

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jane Archibald, Artist, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

3 Petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, I/26 (Olivier Messiaen)

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No. 1. Antienne de la conversation intérieure
Northwest Boychoir
00:09:21

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Michael Brown, Artist - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Cynthia Millar, Artist - Northwest Boychoir, Choir, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

11
No. 2. Séquence du Verbe, cantique divin
Northwest Boychoir
00:06:51

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Michael Brown, Artist - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Cynthia Millar, Artist - Northwest Boychoir, Choir, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

12
No. 3. Psalmodie de l'ubiquité par Amour
Northwest Boychoir
00:17:00

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Michael Brown, Artist - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Cynthia Millar, Artist - Northwest Boychoir, Choir, MainArtist - Ludovic Morlot, Conductor

(C) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media (P) 2017 Seattle Symphony Media

Album Description

Written in 1936 for his young wife Claire Delbos, Poèmes pour Mi (“Mi” being the nickname the composer gave her) is a kind of wedding gift, nine melodies for soprano and orchestra all directly or indirectly inspired by the Dauphiné landscapes Messiaen had fallen in love with. Even though he wasn’t yet 30, the composer had already found his style, which in its harmonic and rhythmic structure would scarcely change. In some of his poems you can even detect the accents he would go on to use 40 years later in Saint François d’Assise. It goes to show that good music remains good music and recycling − conscious or not − isn’t exclusive to composers of previous centuries! Here Jane Archibald, almost without a hint of accent, sings these small gems with great emotion. Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine, written in 1944 when he was liberated from a prisoner-of-war camp, was initially designed for a women’s choir, piano, ondes Martenot and string orchestra. The Seattle Orchestra and Ludovic Morlot decided to entrust the chorus part to a children’s choir, giving it a “purer” and more angelic sound – a charming idea. Upon creating his work in 1945 Messiaen could boast about a particularly prestigious panel of auditors: Arthur Honegger, Georges Auric, Francis Poulenc, Henri Sauguet, Alexis Roland-Manuel, André Jolivet, Claude Delvincourt, Lazare Lévy, Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, Jean Wiener, Georges Braque, Paul Éluard, Pierre Henry and even Pierre Boulez (not yet famous but probably already predisposed to being spiteful). His success was as dazzling as immediate and lasting. It has everything that makes up Messiaen, including a rather virtuous piano part (played by Yvonne Loriod upon the work’s creation), little birds, Jesus Christ as well as his ever so specific chords, both brilliant and iridescent. © SM/Qobuz

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