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Messiaen: Organ Works (Complete) [Box set]

Willem Tanke , Bavo Basilica , Haarlem , n/a Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: n/a
  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Willem Tanke plays these works like someone who has lived with and studied them intensively. These are brilliantly organically conceived interpretations by an interpreter that obviously has fully grasped their architecture. Listening to these again after listening to other performers (Ericsson, Latry) it feels like coming home: something is just so right about them. Throughout there are some flufs in the playing, but that seems to be the result of the decision to use as few takes as possible.

This makes it all the more unfortunate that the organ of the St. Bavo Cathedral, while clearly a gorgeous instrument (perhaps not in perfect shape), could have been recorded a lot better than it is here. The recorded sound is rather murky, lacks quite a bit of information at both ends of the spectrum, and gets completely cluttered with every fortissimo.

One final endearing thing about this recording: throughout the works one can regularly hear a blackbird warbling away just outside the church. Messiaen would have approved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spiritual organ music 19 Mar 2013
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The recordings, performance and price for this boxed set were almost unbelievably good. Superb music from a 20th century master of the organ. All the music is based around christian themes and reflect the composer's association with the church. The music is for listening to and getting involved with so don't bother putting it on just for background!! Messiaen's use of harmony gives very rich textures which have to be experienced. The performer is obviously an expert interpreter.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply spiritual 4 April 2010
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Messiaen's organ works are a climax of 20th-century music, and Willem Tanke captures superbly their deep spiritual intensity, rivalling renderings by more well-known organists like Jennifer Bate and Gillian Weir. The price of this CD set is a bargain. Buy it - and take your time listening to the CDs: you will relish the music best if you spread the enjoyment out over a period of time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic music 15 Jan 2008
By Aquinas
Format:Audio CD
Messiaen's compositions are eclectic with gregorian chants intermixed with music bordering on atonality. The La navite du seigner and les corps glorieux are the most accessible cds in this collection, being very tuneful in parts. This is splendid atmospheric music, bird song galore and deeply religious. Is it great music? Only time will tell, I think some of it is. If you like organ music and have been attracted by some of his work, such as the Turangalila symphony, I would urge you to buy this, particularly given its low cost. I cannot honestly say how it compares to other recoridngs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain! 5 Sep 2010
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I'm no organ scholar, I cannot give an opinion on how this competes with other interpretations. But in my opinion the music is excellent, and the quality of the recorded sound is very good.
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