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Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise Live, Box set

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  • Performer: Dawn Upshaw, José Van Dam, Chris Merritt, Urban Malmberg
  • Orchestra: Schoenberg Choir, Hallé Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Composer: Olivier Messiaen
  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Live, Box set
  • Label: 20/21
  • ASIN: B00000JSAO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,601 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Product description

20/21 Messiaen: Saint François D'assise / Nagano, Van Dam . Release Date: 08/10/1999 . Label: Deutsch G. Catalog #: 445 176 . Spars Code: DDD . Composer: Olivier Messiaen . Performer: John Aler, Akos Banlaky, Dirk D'Ase, Tom Krause, ... Conductor: Kent Nagano . Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra, Arnold Schoenberg Choir . Number of Discs: 4 . Recorded in: Stereo . Works on This Recording: 1. Saint François d'Assise Performer: John Aler (Tenor), Akos Banlaky (), Dirk D'Ase (), Tom Krause (Baritone), Urban Malmberg (), Guy Renard (Tenor), Jeanne Loriod (Ondes Martenot), Valerie Hartmann-Claverie (Ondes Martenot), Dominique Kim (Ondes Martenot), Chris Merritt (Tenor), Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), José Van Dam (Bass Baritone) Written: 1983; France Date of Recording: 08/1998 Length: 239 Minutes 9 Secs. REVIEW: Each of the eight tableaux depicts a scene from the life of St. Francis, revealing his steady progression toward grace. Messiaen's plain-spoken libretto is more presentational than dramatic, while his music unfolds with monumental patience, evoking the mood of a pageant rather than a drama. Chant-like passages interweave with ear-tickling percussion flights and joyful modal excursions. Jose Van Dam yields nothing to his younger self in the world premiere Seiji Ozawa recording, and, if anything, sings with more insight. Dawn Upshaw makes a perfect Angel with her warm, translucent sonority and impressive French. As the Leper, Chris Merritt is less dramatically compelling than Ozawa's Kenneth Riegel, but has the prettier voice. Kent Nagano's stunning Hallé Orchestra outplays Ozawa's Paris Opera forces on every conceivable level, and is gorgeously recorded to boot. It is safe to say that this live recording from the 1998 Salzburg Festival will rule as the benchmark St. Francois for years to come. Full texts, translations, and an in-depth interview with the composer are included with this seminal release. [12/11/1999] --Jed Distler


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