The seeds for Messiaen’s final organ work were sown during an inspirational trip to Israel in 1984. Over the course of the following twelve months, the aging composer found improvisation leading him back to composition as he recovered from the exhausting labours that had produced his opera Saint François d’Assise.
The Livre du Saint Sacrement became Messiaen’s grand farewell to his own instrument, and Michael Bonaventure performs it from memory here on the Rieger organ at St Giles’ Cathedral, whose true acoustic preserves the clarity of Messiaen’s lines.
Recording venue(s): St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh
Recording dates: 9-10 January 2007
Physical format: Jewel case (slimline double)
Number of discs: 2
Number of tracks: 18
Total playing time: 1:57:08
Album ID: DCD34076