Album: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Horizon 2: A Tribute To Oliver Messiaen (RCO)

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On this dazzling live programme, the RCO under George Benjamin alternates works by Messiaen with new pieces tangentially related. Geert van Keulen's new orchestral arrangement of Paul Dukas' 1920 piano piece "La plainte, au loin, du faune..." adds extra intrigue to Debussy's "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune". The highlight is a stunning rendition of Messiaen's "Chronochromie", its darting dabs of sound and animated percussion packed with startling dissonances and dynamic shifts.

Download this Chronochromie; La source d'un regard; La plainte, au loin, du faune...; Les offrandes oubliées