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  • Audio CD (7 Aug. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00004TL2R
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps - 1. Liturgie De CristalGil Shaham 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps - 2. Vocalise, Pour l'Ange Qui Annonce La Fin Du TempsGil Shaham 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps - 3. Abîme Des OiseauxGil Shaham 8:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps - 4. IntermèdeGil Shaham 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps - 5. Louange À L'Eternité De JésusGil Shaham 9:59£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps - 6. Danse De La Fureur, Pour Les Sept FrompettesGil Shaham 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps - 7. Fouillis D'arcs-En-Ciel, Pour L'Ange Qui Annonce La Fin Du TempsGil Shaham 8:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps - 8. Louange À L'Immortalité De JésusGil Shaham 9:15£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Don't be put off by the relatively low playing time of this issue (52'30). Presented in such intense terms as this, to follow the Quartet for the End of Time with anything at all would be simply inappropriate. The four instrumentalists (all soloists in their own right) seem to come together to present a vision at one with Messiaen's intentions. This piece demands that its interpreters can summon up both transcendental calm and ecstatic virtuosity. Paul Meyer's account of the long third movement for solo clarinet, "Abime des oiseaux", is gripping throughout. Both the shorter "Interméde" and "Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes" demonstrate how the players seem to think as one. Jian Wang's playing in "Louange à l'Eternité de Jésus seems to both sum up the preceding seven movements and at the same time transcend them. Shaham's final symbolic ascent into the heavens (the highest reaches of the violin) is spellbinding. This version seems to encapsulate the very essence of Messiaen. Indispensable. --Colin Clarke

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2007
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This deeply moving account of the work can well match the acclaimed RCA recording by Tashi Quartet. Main difference is that Shaham's ensemble allows more freedom of expression for individual instrument and every movement is much slower than Tashi ( DG Timing 3'01 / 5'31 / 8'51 / 1'43 / 10'00 / 5'38 / 8'18 / 9'17 ).

Another advantage of this recording is the very realistic sound quality of each instrument. I'm particularly pleased with the piano part which has amazing presence throughout the music, providing rich, almost orchestra-like sonority, well balanced with other three instruments (not restrained as mere background support like in so many other recordings).

Shaham's rendition of the last movement is one of the most moving performances I ever encountered, capturing the sense of infinity and eternity so profoundly like no other violinist could do. Commentary includes facinating account of musical life surrounding the first performance, by one of the musicians who gave premiere concert in the prisoners' camp.

Overall, this performance is a welcome addition to the amazing classic account by Tashi which is also well worth listening for its entirely different approach, deep spirituality and especially for the synthesiser-like sonority accidentally achieved in the 6th movement where all players join in unison. So get the both recordings and see the same music can be played in totally different ways, both very inspired in its own way.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Scott on 4 Jun. 2001
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After being introduced to Messiaen by Myung -Whun Chung's marvellous recording of Turangalila, I instantly bought this new version of the Quartet before I read the complete savaging it received at the hands of Gramophone. Completely out of order - this recording is simply spellbinding. I still find it hard to believe that four instruments can conspire to create sounds of such beauty. Ignore the Gramophone snobs and buy this NOW - it is simply wonderful (in a weird kind of way!)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "jaysee102" on 6 Oct. 2001
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It's hard to believe this wonderful music could have been conceived in a prisoner of war camp in World War 2 Germany, yet Messiaen somehow managed to convey both hope and hopelessness in the eight perfect movements of this work. This recording is a superb reading of the work, with Paul Meyer particularly beautiful on the clarinet.
I sought out a recording of the Quartet for the End of Time before I recently started to rehearse it with some fellow school-age musicians. Needless to say we are finding many difficulties in the complex work, but we can take comfort in the sound of the perfect piece being played outstandingly on this recording. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2011
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I was fortunate enough to hear this version before reading the highly critical review provided by Gramophone and now I'm adding my voice to the other shoppers blowing a raspberry at whoever provided that misguided drubbing in our most august classical music monthly.

One thing we know about Messiaen is that he could be very precise, in print, about specific details of how a performer should approach his music, and then he'd make a record and basically give himself the latitude to do whatever the hell he liked. I think both he and Loriod, for example, were inclined to scamper through things (Shostakovich was the same).

The team who made this version of the quartet are supposed to have taken all kinds of liberties but as far as I'm concerned they've paid off. This DG recording is one of the most poetic and emotional interpretations to come my way, and it has recently been reissued with Chung's Turangalila on a budget price twofer.

Perhaps it comes down to whether you think musicians should be imaginative servants or simply slaves. If the former, get yourself this free-spirited Quartet For The End Of Time.
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