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  • Performer: Stoltzman, Serkin
  • Orchestra: Tashi
  • Composer: Messiaen
  • Audio CD (11 Aug. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003ERU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Quartet For The End Of Time: Interlude
5. Quartet For The End Of Time: Praise to the Eternity of Jesus
6. Quartet For The End Of Time: Danse of Fury, for the seven trumpets
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8. Quartet For The End Of Time: Praise to the Immortality of Jesus

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This all-star chamber ensemble was specifically formed to play Messiaen's masterpiece. Two decades after this recording was made, it still shows the effects of their intense identification with the music. Some listeners find Messiaen's music longwinded and difficult, and my own opinion varies depending on the work and my mood. But this piece, written in a German concentration camp during the early years of World War II, is truly one of the greatest works of music of the 20th century. Although it lasts nearly an hour, its variety of color and its powerful expressiveness will engross any responsive listener, especially in this performance. --Leslie Gerber

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
The prodigiously gifted son of an even more prodigious father, Peter Serkin has shown a special interest in Messiaen very like the interest his father showed in Reger. I gather that he and his three collaborators here formed the group Tashi specifically to perform this piece. Their account has always had the status of a classic. Other fine performances have come on to the scene since 1976, but as I myself have recently come by a particularly good and eloquent effort not available on its own, I thought it might be worth seeing how the Tashi version justified its eminence a quarter of a century on. Coming quickly to the bottom line, I would say that any collector looking for only one version of the work need have no second thoughts about acquiring this one. There are things I myself prefer in other versions and there are things that I still like best in this. It is all really a matter of fine detail and any listener's individual temperament.
The work was composed and first performed in a prisoner-of-war camp during WWII. What it may prove regarding the triumph of good over evil in this world I do not propose to assess. To me, it is certainly a musical statement in some senses, but not in quite that sense. What Messiaen's music, in bad times as well as in good, always expresses is his unshakable and semi-mystical Catholic faith. Whatever his circumstances, even these, he felt and saw everything against the backdrop of eternity as his faith defined that. In happier times his music has a sense of relaxation and even of self-indulgence that are naturally absent here, but he is never introverted. His vision is always looking to the far side, and for me music, however and wherever it originated, is still just music.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2007
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This classic account by the fine ensemble has stood test of time and is still one of the most profound performances of the profound work. What I like in this performance is that they let the music speak for itself without un-necessary dramatisation, and achieve greater depth and spirituality as a result. Recorded beautifully.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2013
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As someone who listens mainly to jazz & blues I'm probably not the best person to review Olivier Messiaen's religiously inspired 'Quartet For The End Of Time'. Messiaen performed it for the first time during his captivity in Stalag 8-A on January 15, 1941 and this album was recorded in December, 1975 by the quartet 'Tashi' with Peter Serkin(piano); Ida Kavafian(violin); Fred Sherry(cello) & Richard Stoltzman(clarinet).
All I can say is that I found the eight movements utterly gripping from beginning to end and profoundly moving.
I'm delighted to have discovered this marvellous recording which I play constantly and would recommend anyone to give it a listen whatever their musical tastes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jersey on 7 Jun. 2013
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A haunting work which improves with familiarity the music composed whilst Messian was imprisoned during the War . Always suggests hope for the future . Can recommend this recording thank you
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By Carl Cartier on 23 Nov. 2014
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Excellent.
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