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Olivier Messiaen: The Complete Organ Works Volume 1

Reviews from the New Release- Volume One

“No other player seems quite to equal Weir's remarkable identification with the reflective and dramatically explosive extremes of Messiaen's idiom. It looks as if Gillian Weir's performances will again claim the definitive status which they were accorded on their earlier incarnation. A further attraction comes in the extensive booklet notes, which centre on those written by Weir herself, underlining the reasons why this music matters so much to her, and also including a wealth of personal anecdote.” Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, February 2003

“How refreshing! Priory has taken what was already a marvellous disc and made it even better... plaudits by the bucket-load.” Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, April 2003

“Messiaen's organ music – indeed, his musical language – is highly individual and not to everyone's taste. But if his mystical, shimmering harmonies and subtle, complex rhythms are for you, then you will never hear a finer recording of his work than this. Dame Gillian plays the mighty Frobenius organ of Denmark's Arhus Cathedral (and contributes her own lively and affectionate memories of the composer). After the powerful Apparition de l'Eglise Eternelle, Weir gives us La Nativité du Seigneur, Messiaen's first major organ cycle, a tremendous tour de force from composer and soloist. Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM Magagzine, March 2003.

“Reclaims its definitive status.” Gramophone, March 2003

“Priory has embarked on the re-release of Dame Gillian Weir's famed complete Messiaen recordings, already nine years old. They took the world by storm at the time so it is marvellous they will now be available in the catalogue as single CDs.” Organists' Review, February 2003

“Gillian Weir's Messiaen intégrale came out in 1994, and this first evidence of a reissue by Priory is both a coup for the company and a reminder of Dame Gillian's magisterial achievement. Here are Messiaen and Weir making the vision take on a palpable reality... the whole CD is a vibrant and thrilling experience.” Robert Anderson, Music & Vision, January 2003

Track Listings

Priory Records(external link) PRCD 921

DiscTrackMusic
Vol. 1 1 Apparition de l'Église éternelle
2 La Nativité du Seigneur I. La Vierge et l'Enfant
3 II. Les Bergers
4 III. Desseins éternels
5 IV. Le Verbe
6 V. Les Enfants de Dieu
7 VI. Les Anges
8 VII. Jésus accepte la souffrance
9 VIII. Les Mages
10 IX. Dieu parmi nous
11 Le Banquet céleste