The Piano Music by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Emanuele Torquati, piano
“Voyage Messiaen” is a journey from his early Huit Preludes (1930) until the last two pieces of his monumental Catalogue d’oiseaux (1956-58). Ile de feu 1 from Quatre Etudes de rhythme (1950) is coupled with some of the most significant Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus (1944), his first 2 hours-long cycle. Messiaen´s world is represented with his peculiarities, the study of bird songs and deep religious faith and is paired with a recent work by Jonathan Harvey, inspired from a different spiritual belief but devoted to this central figure of the 20th Century Music.
The project was premiered in March 2008 at The Banff Centre and has toured in Europe for the Messiaen Anniversary. Listen here Torquati’s interview for the Italian National Broadcast. Listen here Ile de feu 1 live at The Banff Centre.
Cloches d’angoisse et larmes d’adieu
Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant- Jésus (1944)
Regard de l´Esprit de Joie
Première Communion de la Vierge
Le baiser de l’Enfant Jésus
Quatre Etudes de Rhythme (1950)
Ile de feu 1
Catalogue d’oiseaux, 7th book (1958)
Le Traquet rieur
Le courlis cendré
Jonathan Harvey (1939)
Tombeau de Messiaen for piano and DAT (1994)