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Michel Béroff|Olivier Messiaen : Quatuor pour la fin du Temps - Chronochromie

Olivier Messiaen : Quatuor pour la fin du Temps - Chronochromie

Michel Béroff - Gervase de Peyer - Erich Gruenberg - William Pleeth - Orchestre symphonique de la BBC - Antal Dorati

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It's a testimony to the durability of Quatuor pour la fin du Temps that it can be effective in such a broad range of interpretive approaches, from the most hazily impressionistic to readings of scintillating clarity. Balance within this unconventional ensemble is one of the most significant interpretive parameters, with some groups aiming for a seamless blend between the disparate instruments and others emphasizing their timbral distinctiveness. In this exemplary 1968 recording, violinist Erich Gruenberg, cellist William Pleeth, clarinetist Gervase de Peyer, and pianist Michel Béroff take the latter approach and perform with clear-eyed grace and sensitivity. The result is a gleaming and pristine reading that's technically flawless and warmly emotional. This was one of the first fully successful recordings of the quartet, and it lives up to EMI's imprimatur for the series in which it's issued, "Great Recordings of the Century." The CD also features the first recording of Messiaen's 1960 orchestral piece Chronochromie, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati, who had led the work's premiere. It's a thornier and more forbidding work than the quartet, but when given full attention, it's ultimately no less rewarding. It's among the type of Messiaen pieces that's best appreciated by relinquishing a need to analyze and understand, and adopting an open acceptance of the aural phenomena as they occur. It's full of startling and colorful sonorities and has a propulsive, if unpredictable rhythmic vitality. Dorati leads a performance that's sensitive to both the work's delicacy and explosive energy. EMI's sound is clean and vibrant.

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Michel Béroff

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Quartet for the End of Time (Olivier Messiaen)

1
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (2008 Remastered Version): Liturgie de cristal
00:03:06

Christopher Bishop, Producer - Michel Beroff, Piano, Lead Vocals - Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Gervase De Peyer, Clarinet, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg, Violin, Lead Vocals - William Pleeth, Cello, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg/Gervase de Peyer/William Pleeth/Michel Béroff, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1969 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (2008 Remastered Version): Vocalise pour l'ange qui annonce la fin du Temps
00:05:38

Christopher Bishop, Producer - Michel Beroff, Piano, Lead Vocals - Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Gervase De Peyer, Clarinet, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg, Violin, Lead Vocals - William Pleeth, Cello, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg/Gervase de Peyer/William Pleeth/Michel Béroff, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1969 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (2008 Remastered Version): Abîme des oiseaux
00:06:26

Christopher Bishop, Producer - Michel Beroff, Piano, Lead Vocals - Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Gervase De Peyer, Clarinet, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg, Violin, Lead Vocals - William Pleeth, Cello, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg/Gervase de Peyer/William Pleeth/Michel Béroff, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1969 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (2008 Remastered Version): Intermède
00:01:42

Christopher Bishop, Producer - Michel Beroff, Piano, Lead Vocals - Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Gervase De Peyer, Clarinet, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg, Violin, Lead Vocals - William Pleeth, Cello, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg/Gervase de Peyer/William Pleeth/Michel Béroff, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1969 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (2008 Remastered Version): Louange à l'éternité de Jésus
00:07:00

Christopher Bishop, Producer - Michel Beroff, Piano, Lead Vocals - Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Gervase De Peyer, Clarinet, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg, Violin, Lead Vocals - William Pleeth, Cello, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg/Gervase de Peyer/William Pleeth/Michel Béroff, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1969 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (2008 Remastered Version): Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes
00:06:39

Christopher Bishop, Producer - Michel Beroff, Piano, Lead Vocals - Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Gervase De Peyer, Clarinet, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg, Violin, Lead Vocals - William Pleeth, Cello, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg/Gervase de Peyer/William Pleeth/Michel Béroff, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1969 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (2008 Remastered Version): Fouilles d'arc-en-ciel, pour l'ange qui annonce la fin du Temps
00:07:25

Christopher Bishop, Producer - Michel Beroff, Piano, Lead Vocals - Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Gervase De Peyer, Clarinet, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg, Violin, Lead Vocals - William Pleeth, Cello, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg/Gervase de Peyer/William Pleeth/Michel Béroff, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1969 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (2008 Remastered Version): Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus
00:07:18

Christopher Bishop, Producer - Michel Beroff, Piano, Lead Vocals - Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Gervase De Peyer, Clarinet, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg, Violin, Lead Vocals - William Pleeth, Cello, Lead Vocals - Erich Gruenberg/Gervase de Peyer/William Pleeth/Michel Béroff, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1969 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Chronochromie for large orchestra (Olivier Messiaen)

9
Chronochromie: Introduction
Antal Doráti
00:03:17

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Antal Dorati, Conductor, Vocals, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1965 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Chronochromie: Strophe I
Antal Doráti
00:01:35

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Antal Dorati, Conductor, Vocals, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1965 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Chronochromie: Antistrophe I
Antal Doráti
00:03:05

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Antal Dorati, Conductor, Vocals, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1965 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Chronochromie: Strophe II
Antal Doráti
00:01:38

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Antal Dorati, Conductor, Vocals, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1965 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Chronochromie: Antistrophe II
Antal Doráti
00:05:33

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Antal Dorati, Conductor, Vocals, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1965 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Chronochromie: Epode
Antal Doráti
00:04:20

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Antal Dorati, Conductor, Vocals, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1965 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
Chronochromie: Coda
Antal Doráti
00:02:34

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Antal Dorati, Conductor, Vocals, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - BBC Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1965 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2008 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album review

It's a testimony to the durability of Quatuor pour la fin du Temps that it can be effective in such a broad range of interpretive approaches, from the most hazily impressionistic to readings of scintillating clarity. Balance within this unconventional ensemble is one of the most significant interpretive parameters, with some groups aiming for a seamless blend between the disparate instruments and others emphasizing their timbral distinctiveness. In this exemplary 1968 recording, violinist Erich Gruenberg, cellist William Pleeth, clarinetist Gervase de Peyer, and pianist Michel Béroff take the latter approach and perform with clear-eyed grace and sensitivity. The result is a gleaming and pristine reading that's technically flawless and warmly emotional. This was one of the first fully successful recordings of the quartet, and it lives up to EMI's imprimatur for the series in which it's issued, "Great Recordings of the Century." The CD also features the first recording of Messiaen's 1960 orchestral piece Chronochromie, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati, who had led the work's premiere. It's a thornier and more forbidding work than the quartet, but when given full attention, it's ultimately no less rewarding. It's among the type of Messiaen pieces that's best appreciated by relinquishing a need to analyze and understand, and adopting an open acceptance of the aural phenomena as they occur. It's full of startling and colorful sonorities and has a propulsive, if unpredictable rhythmic vitality. Dorati leads a performance that's sensitive to both the work's delicacy and explosive energy. EMI's sound is clean and vibrant.

© TiVo

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