Messiaen: Organ Works Vol II (2 CDs)

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Nourished by Messiaen’s beloved birdsong and Hindu rhythms, the Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité bring alive the deepest mysteries of Catholicism and are here performed with a visceral intensity by Michael Bonaventure. They are coupled with the powerfully abstract Livre d’orgue in the second volume of Delphian’s centenary survey of Messiaen’s complete published organ music, in which the early music is performed by Timothy Byram-Wigfield and the late works by Bonaventure. This powerfully idiosyncratic composer’s voice speaks here through an organ of immense range and apocalyptic power.

"Michael Bonaventure's does get Messiaen's music to lift off the page, even in the most rigorous pages of the Livre d'orgue. The organ of St Giles, Edinburgh has the power and range of colour needed, with the fierce chords at the opening of 'Les mains de l'abîme' fizzing with tension."


"Playing that fully embraces the Messiaen spirit in demanding works."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Venue: St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh
Physical format: Jewel case (slimline double)
Number of discs: 2
Number of tracks: 17
Release date: April 8, 2002
Catalogue No: DCD34016
Total playing time: 2:13:08

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