O. Messiaen Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise / van Dam, Upshaw, Nagano

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  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $1.291.Saint Francois d'Assise: Act One, Scene One - The Cross: Un peu vif (J'ai peur, sur las route)
  • Buy for $1.292.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (J'ai peur, sur la route)
  • Buy for $1.293.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un Peu vif (J'ai peur, sur la route)
  • Buy for $1.294.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (S'il se met pleuvoir)
  • Buy for $1.295.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un Peu vif - Saint Fran ois et Fr re L on remettent leur capuchon...
  • Buy for $1.296.Saint Francois d'Assise: Act One, Scene Two - Lauds: Un peu lent
  • Buy for $1.297.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu lent (Lou sois - tu, mon Seigneur, pour fr re Vent)
  • Buy for $1.298.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu lent (Lou sois - tu, mon Seigneur, pour soeur Eau)
  • Buy for $1.299.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu lent (Lou sois - tu, mon Seigneur, pour soeur notre m re la Terre)
  • Buy for $1.2910.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu lent (Saint! Saint! Saint!)
  • Buy for $1.2911.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu lent (O Toi! Toi qui as fait le temps!)
  • Buy for $1.2912.Act One - The Kissing of The Leper: Bien modere
  • Buy for $1.2913.Saint Francois d'Assise: Act One, Scene 3 - The Kissing of The Leper: Bien modere (Comment peut - on vivre une telle vie?)
  • Buy for $1.2914.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Entre Saint Fran ois...)
  • Buy for $1.2915.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (La p nitence! la p nitence! Enl ve - moi d'abord mes pustules)
  • Buy for $1.2916.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (L preux, ton coeur t'accuse)
  • Buy for $1.2917.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Pardonne - moi, P re, je r crimine toujours)
  • Buy for $1.2918.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Miracle! Regarde, P re)
  • Buy for $1.2919.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (P re, P re, j'ai tellement protest contre mes souffrances)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $1.291.Saint Francois d'Assise: Act Two, Scene Four - The Journeying Angel: Un peu vif
  • Buy for $1.292.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (J'ai peur, sur la route)
  • Buy for $1.293.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (Frere Mass e rentre dans la salle conventuelle...)
  • Buy for $1.294.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (Qui peut frapper de la sorte?)
  • Buy for $1.295.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (Pourquoi me d range - t - on sans cesse?)
  • Buy for $1.296.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (Mais, il frappe encore!)
  • 7.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (Dieu te donne sa paix, bon Fr re!)
  • Buy for $1.298.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (Puis - je mon tour te poser une question?)
  • Buy for $1.299.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (L'ange fait un petit geste de la main...)
  • Buy for $1.2910.Saint Francois d'Assise: Act Two, Scene Five - The Angel - Musician: Bien modere
  • Buy for $1.2911.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Toutes ces gloires dont parle l'Ap tre me ravissent)
  • Buy for $1.2912.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Montre - moi combien est grande l'abondance de douceur)
  • Buy for $1.2913.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Chant de la fauvette Gerygone...)
  • Buy for $1.2914.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Que me veux - tu, fr re gheppio, faucon cr cerelle?)
  • Buy for $1.2915.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Fran ois! Fran ois!)
  • Buy for $1.2916.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Pardonne ma pri re, bel Ange de Dieu...)
  • Buy for $1.2917.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (L'Ange se pr pare jouer de la viole...)
  • Buy for $1.2918.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (J'ai peur, sur la route)
  • Buy for $1.2919.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Mes petites brebis, merci de vos soins)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $1.291.Saint Francois d'Assise: Act Two, Scene Six - The Sermon To The Birds: Un peu vif
  • 2.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (Pere, te souviens - tu du jeune homme de Sienne?)
  • 3.Saint Francois d'Assise: Un peu vif (Une louange! un point d'exclamation!)
  • Buy for $1.294.Saint Francois d'Assise: Petit concert d'oiseaux
  • Buy for $1.295.Saint Francois d'Assise: Petit concert d'oiseaux (Toute chose de beaut doit parvenir la libert)
  • Buy for $1.296.Saint Francois d'Assise: Petit concert d'oiseaux (Fr res oiseaux, en tous temps et lieux, louez votre Cr ateur)
  • Buy for $1.297.Saint Francois d'Assise: Petit concert d'oiseaux (Il vous aime, Celui qui vous accorde tant de bienfaits!)
  • Buy for $1.298.Saint Francois d'Assise: Grand concert d'oiseaux
  • Buy for $1.299.Saint Francois d'Assise: Grand concert d'oiseaux (Avec quel respect ils se sont tus, d s que tu as commenc pr cher!)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $1.291.Saint Francois d'Assise: Act Three, Scene Seven - The Stigmata: Bien modere
  • Buy for $1.292.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Seigneur J sus - Christ, accorde - moi deux gr ces)
  • Buy for $1.293.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Les miens, je les ai aim s)
  • Buy for $1.294.Saint Francois d'Assise: The Stigmata (O faiblesse!... Ame tr s m prisable!...)
  • Buy for $1.295.Saint Francois d'Assise: Une lueur rouge et violette enflamme toute la sc ne...
  • Buy for $1.296.Saint Francois d'Assise: Bien modere (Si tu portes de bon coeur la croix)
  • Buy for $1.297.Saint Francois d'Assise: Act Three, Scene Eight - Death and The New Life: Tres modere
  • 8.Saint Francois d'Assise: Tres modere (Adieu, cr ature de temps! Adieu, cr ature d'espace!)
  • Buy for $1.299.Saint Francois d'Assise: Tres modere (Lou sois - tu, mon Seigneur, pour soeur Mort)
  • Buy for $1.2910.Saint Francois d'Assise: Tres modere (J'appelle: Ha! et ma voix: Ha!)
  • 11.Saint Francois d'Assise: Tres modere (Fran ois! Fran ois! Rappelle - toi)
  • Buy for $1.2912.Saint Francois d'Assise: Tres modere (Seigneur! Seigneur! Musique et Po sie m'ont conduit vers Toi)
  • Buy for $1.2913.Saint Francois d'Assise: Tres modere (UK est parti...comme un silence)
  • Buy for $1.2914.Saint Francois d'Assise: Autre est l' clat de la lune, autre est l' clat du soleil, Alleluia!

Product Description:

The most ambitious work by 20th-century French master Olivier Messiaen, Saint Francis is also his most all-embracing. He spent nearly a decade creating the opera, which not only encapsulates the composer's abiding Catholic faith but draws on a lifetime of musical discovery and brings together the elements of Messiaen's far-ranging, rich vocabulary: birdsong and nature as a source for music, Eastern modes, complex rhythms derived from ancient Greek poetry and Hindu talas, plainsong, and percussive gamelan-like sonorities, to list a few of the most salient. Messiaen chose Francis for operatic representation as the saint "most like Christ" and wrote his own libretto, using the gentle poetry of the Fioretti. The opera avoids dramatic tension but instead--almost ritualistically--portrays the "infusion of grace" through a series of encounters, including an angel playing music that offers a taste of heaven's bliss (marvelously orchestrated for ondes Martenot) and the famous scene of St. Francis preaching to the birds, in which Messiaen stacks multiple bird calls on top of each other in an inspired passage of "organized chaos."

This live recording was made during 1998's Salzburg Festival, and Kent Nagano (who had studied the work directly with Messiaen during the opera's premiere in 1983) marshals the score's 119 players and enormous chorus into a spectacular series of symphonic frescoes. He is sensitive both to the resonant use of silence in the score's interstices and--most memorably--to Messiaen's rare achievement in creating music to express "perfect joy." And the cast he works with is unbeatable: José van Dam conveys immense compassion and presence in the almost unbelievably strenuous demands of the title role, while Dawn Upshaw sings the angel with a penetrating purity. This masterpiece demands time to get to know it--more than the four hours it takes to unfold--but once you know it, its rewards are immense. --Thomas May

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