Music in the Grip of War: Messiaen
Performing a remarkable work born out of extraordinary circumstances, Alina Ibragimova, Steven Osborne, Mark Simpson and Alban Gerhardt form a quartet.
In the early years of the Second World War, Olivier Messiaen found himself interned in the labour camp Stalag VIII-A.
A German officer smuggled pencils and paper to the composer, who set about writing a work to perform alongside three fellow inmates.
On a freezing January day in 1941, the eight movements of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time were performed in front of an audience of prisoners.
The work is one of dramatic extremes and extraordinary profundity. It has been described by the cellist Matt Haimovitz as 'an intimate expression of awe, a prophetic collective scream and a delirious dance all at once.'
- Alina Ibragimova violin
- Alban Gerhardt cello
- Mark Simpson clarinet
- Steven Osborne piano
- Messiaen: Je dors, mais mon coeur veille from Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus; Quatuor pour la fin du temps
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Approximate run time: 70 mins.
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