Listening to Messiaen

Recommended recordings
Where might a new listener begin? On several recordings still in the catalog the composer himself performs or supervises a performance, including a remarkable DVD combining his own organ improvisations with a performance of the Quartet for the End of Time (Image Entertainment 6305394776). A documentary titled The Crystal Liturgy (Juxtaposition B000WPJ6O4) gathers archival material and musical excerpts into a wide-ranging musical biography.

 

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