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Quartet for the End of Time

Trio Wanderer & Pascal Moraguès
1 CD
    • Apple Music

    ‘And the angel . . . sware . . . that there should be Time no longer’: these words from the Book of Revelation inspired the conception of this famous quartet for piano, violin, cello and clarinet – the instruments played by the musicians who were Messiaen’s fellow captives in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1941. Created in exceptionally testing conditions, it sums up the composer’s experiments and innovations, notably rhythmic. Whether augmented, diminished, regular, irregular or non-retrogradable, these rhythms opened wide the gates to a new music, and earned the quartet its place among the supreme masterworks.

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    Quatuor pour la fin du Temps pour violon, clarinette, violoncelle et piano · I. Liturgie de cristal (2'55) · II. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (5'56) · III. Abîme des oiseaux  (8'15) · IV. Intermède / Interlude (1'41) · V. Louange à l'Eternité de Jésus  (10'48) · VI. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes (6'19) · VII. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps  (8'34) · VIII. Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus  (6'57) · Thème et variations pour violon et piano (10'29)

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