March 29, 2019
Concert Archive

Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie - Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Susanna Mälkki

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    Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie
Maison de la Radio, Paris

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, performs Olivier Messiaen's "Turangalîla-Symphonie", with Roger Muraro (piano) and Cynthia Millar (Ondes Martenot). Concert recorded live on 29 March 2019 at the Radio France Auditorium.

"A song of love, a hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life, and death". These are the multiple meanings of the two words in Sanskrit, turanga and lîla, united by Olivier Messiaen in his Turangalîla-Symphonie. Premiered in Boston in 1949, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, the work is also a purely instrumental illustration of the tale of Tristan and Iseult. The compositeur envisaged a very large orchestral ensemble, including a piano un piano and an Ondes Martenot in order to fully execute the statue theme and the flower theme with a wave of colours and rhythms.

Programme

Olivier Messiaen - Turangalîla-Symphonie 1. Introduction. Modéré, un peu vif
2. Chant d'amour I. Modéré, lourd
3. Turangalîla I. Presque lent, rêveur
4. Chant d'amour II. Bien modéré
5. Joie du sang des étoiles. Vif, passionné avec joie
6. Jardin du sommeil d'amour. Très modéré, très tendre
7. Turangalîla II. Un peu vif, bien modéré
8. Développement de l'amour. Bien modéré
9. Turangalîla III. Bien modéré
10. Finale. Modéré, presque vif, avec une grande joie

Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie