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Visions of Ecstasy
MESSIAEN Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
Edward Gardner conductor*
High in the Alps, Olivier Messiaen saw heaven burst open – and a vision of the stars themselves filling the universe with songs of joy. Arnold Schoenberg imagined two lovers walking through a moonlit forest – consumed with tragedy, and then breathless with wonder. And by some miracle, both composers translated their dreams into sounds like you’ve never heard: a ringing, psychedelic ritual for all the orchestra’s woodwinds, brass and percussion, and a symphonic poem for strings, as passionate and sensuous as the headiest Hollywood film score. Edward Gardner splits the LPO in two, and doubles the emotional intensity.
* position supported by Mrs Christina Lang Assael