MESSIAEN: ECLAIRS SUR L'AU DELA - WIENER PHILHARMONIKER; INGO METZMACHER
The Vienna Philharmonic… bring a majesty and tonal richness to this music that is beyond compare. The extended fifth movement, "Demeurer dans l'Amour", is like a purée of all other Messiaen string-based slow movements… and the touchy feely sensuality of the VPO's string section is perfectly matched to Messiaen's timeless, resolution-denying atmospheres.
Messiaen: Éclairs sur l'au-delà...
Vienna Philharmonic, Ingo Metzmacher
Eclairs sur l’au-delà (Illuminations of the Hereafter) is Messiaen’s final work. It is a powerful testament to his personal philosophy and an eloquent summary of his colourful musical language. This piece also reveals Messiaen’s lifelong fascination with birdsong. This is orchestral music on a grand scale, creating an intricate mosaic of sublime sound.