Messiaen: Organ Works Vol IV

The final volume in Delphian’s survey of Messiaen’s complete organ music takes in his earliest published works, in which the ‘abundance of technical means allows the heart to overflow freely’.

The British Harrison instrument in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle reveals a surprising ability to speak with a French accent in this music, and Timothy Byram-Wigfield’s combination of virtuosic majesty with a compelling and loving faith has captured the imagination of reviewers.

"The organ of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle evidently has the power and range of colour that Messiaen regarded as pre-requisites in his music, all captured in a vibrant recording that is magnificent for CD. Timothy Byram-Wigfield bristles with energy in the dynamic movements and exudes clam for Messiaen's slow outpourings of lyricism."

"Byram-Wigfield delivers spectacular toccatas in L’Ascension and at the end of La Nativité and the Messe...Outstanding recorded sound; informative booklet from Nigel Simeone."

"I derived great pleasure from listening to this new Delphian recording...The excellent...booklet includes a 3,000-word essay by Messiaen’s acclaimed biographer Nigel Simeone"

Producer: Paul Baxter
Physical format: Jewel case (slimline double)
Number of discs: 2
Number of tracks: 22
Release date: 2 February 2009
Album ID: DCD34078
Total playing time: 2:38:04

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