© 2015 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2015 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 2 November 2013.
Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc & Cie
Total playing time 100:06
DDD Stereo
Released March 2015

CD: Messiaen – Des canyons aux étoiles

LPO conducted by Christoph Eschenbach

Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars)

Christoph Eschenbach conductor
Tzimon Barto piano
John Ryan horn
Andrew Barclay xylorimba
Erika Öhman glockenspiel
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman 

Messiaen’s unusual instrumentation, inventive scoring and use of birdsong as a source of musical material in Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars) evoke the beauty of a magnificent landscape and celebrate the marvels of Creation itself. A commission by an American philanthropist in 1970 allowed Olivier Messiaen to explore one of North America’s wildest and most elemental landscapes: Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Looking beyond the depths of the canyons, Messiaen’s work reaches higher to ‘the beauties of the physical sky and the spiritual sky.’

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Limelight Magazine Orchestral Recording of the Year 2015

‘Evoking Utah landscapes and birdsong, the music is at once minutely specialized and a veritable song of the earth. The ornithological shrilling of “Omao, leiothrix, elepaio, shama” is so lifelike, I had to check that it wasn’t a tape. The horn’s five-minute solo, "Interstellar Call", is another kind of prodigy.’
The Sunday Times, 22 February 2015

‘An extraordinary achievement ... the playing of the LPO is exemplary, with special plaudits for the horn playing of John Ryan.’
BBC Radio 3 CD Review, 28 February 2015

'This live performance has a fine solo pianist in Tzimon Barto, virtuoso horn playing from John Ryan, and Christoph Eschenbach conducting a London Philharmonic Orchestra on fine form. The recording ... captures a glittering myriad of detail.' (4 stars)
Financial Times, 7 March 2015

‘The way in which the component parts of Des canyons aux étoiles are so graphically defined and combined together as a mysterious, imposing paean to Nature that makes this interpretation so riveting. It is a performance that serves as a reminder that Messiaen described this elemental score as “a work of praise and contemplation”.’
Gramophone, May 2015

‘Messiaen enthusiasts and lovers of twentieth-century music don’t need to hesitate over acquiring this expertly played and recorded release on LPO.’
MusicWeb International Review, 23 March 2015

‘Tzimon Barto finds poetry and percussion in the solo piano role. Principal horn John Ryan stuns in the “Appel interstellaire”, one of the greatest orchestral horn solos. There's soft string playing to die for in the exquisite eighth movement … An excellent, reasonably priced introduction to a masterpiece.'
The Arts Desk, May 2015

‘The playing of both the named soloists and the rest of the ensemble is astonishingly accomplished.'
MusicWeb International, May 2015

'The London Philharmonic Orchestra negotiates the many challenges of this masterpiece with aplomb.' (4 stars)
BBC Music Magazine, July 2015

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