Hileko artxiboak: June 2013

Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

‘The Messiaen Monster’, ridiculed by critics at its premiere—in the best tradition of works of genius—is now ‘established as one of the most astonishing classics of the twentieth century’, as Nigel Simeone writes in the booklet of this brilliant new release. The joyful generosity of the orchestral writing and kaleidoscopic nature of the musical invention make Turangalîla one of Messiaen’s most characteristic and appealing works, considered by many to be his masterpiece. As well as the distinctive sound of the ondes martenot, the other striking feature is the virtuoso piano part—it is in some ways a concerto, although the sheer scale of the orchestral contribution belies that specific title. Rarely has it been more explosively performed than here, with an acknowledged living master of Messiaen’s piano music, Steven Osborne, at the keyboard.

Hyperion Records

Reviews | Tracks


1 Introduction [6’03]
2 Chant d’amour 1 [8’06]
3 Turangalîla 1 [5’49]
4 Chant d’amour 2 [10’24]
5 Joie du sang des étoiles [6’42]
6 Jardin du sommeil d’amour [12’41]
7 Turangalîla 2 [3’40]
8 Développement de l’amour [11’33]
9 Turangalîla 3 [4’32]
10 Final [7’30]

Juanjo Menak arrakastaz itxi du Los Angeles Philharmonic-aren denboraldia

2011. urtean Los Angeles Philharmonicarekin debuta egin ostean, Juanjo Mena aurten itzuli da denboraldi bukaerako kontzertua Walt Disney Concert Hall-ean zuzentzera. Pasa den maiatzak 30-an ospatu zen kontzertuak harrera ona izan zuen prentsa eta entzuleen aldetik, eta Mozart eta Brahms-en piezak interpretatu zituzten.

Los Angeles Times-ek adibidez, ondokoa idatzi zuen:

“Juanjo Mena made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011. Clearly he was good enough to get a return engagement, so Mena, now 47, went indoors Thursday night and led some very impressive Mozart and Brahms in Walt Disney Concert Hall to close the 2012-13 season. (…) For Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Mena – again working without a score – produced a markedly different texture, velvety yet clear, with the right voices brought forth at the right times, the emotion in the music pouring out without exaggeration. No matter how many times one has heard the symphony’s opening melody, Mena’s shaping made it sound fresh and moving again – and that’s a real achievement”.

Kritika osoa irakurri daiteke hemen: Los Angeles Times.

Argazki originala: Ricardo DeAratanha, Los Angeles Times.