[ Warner Classics / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 10 April 2005
"SimonRattle conducts a winning performance of Turangalila, not only brilliant and dramatic but warmly atmospheric and persuasive. It is not just that his rendering of the love music is ripely sensuous: in his rhythmic control of the fast dramatic movements he is equally understanding, nudging the syncopations of the fifth movement to bring out the exuberant jazz overtones. The recording is warm and richly co-ordinated while losing nothing in detail. Peter Donohoe and Tristan Murail play with comparable warmth and flair, rhythmically persuasive, and the orchestra responds superbly to the challenge of a virtuoso score.
Let by pianist, Aloys Kontarsky, the German performance of the Quartet for the end of time is a strong one. recorded in 1976, it provides a contrasted approach to Messiaen from Rattle's, when atmospheric warmth is only incidental." Three Stars Penguin Guide
Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Le Merle noir for flute and piano