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    Olivier Messiaen

    I just purchased the diffinitive (according to Messiaen) recording of Turangalila-Symphonie ... orchestra of the Paris opera, Myung-Whun Chung. I'm deliriously happy with it.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    And this just made me weep - to see such passionate playing from such youngsters. There's hope for the world.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv67YkOWJNA
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Wow! Bless them. And I'm assuming that's Sir Colin?

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    (Not the one in the black frock!)

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    huh @ toto

    Yes - Tur, it's Sir Colin indeed.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Ah, the one in the black frock must be playing out of tune.

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    No – she's the ondes Martenot player. (... not the cat's mother!)

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    I'm very tempted to buy the complete organ works of Messiaen. I've had it on my wishlist for ages, but since it was recently my b-day, I may indulge. I really enjoy a lot of Messiaen's work--especially the Turangalila.

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    Fretless - not all of Messiaen's work is as accessible as Turangalila (to me at least) I own two sets of his organ works (one played by him and the other by Latry, both at St. Sulpice).
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    The one I'm looking at is with Latry.
    Turangalila is definitely the most accessible Messiaen I have heard. I'm familiar with a small bit of his organ work, Vingt Regards, Chronochromie, Quartet for the End of Time, and a few of his other orchestral works. I have not been as fond of his other orchestral stuff as I have of the keyboard works.
    The organ stuff I've heard had some moments where pitches went on for extended lengths of time, changing ever slowly, and some places where it had clusters of color and big volume, and I liked all of that. Maybe it's the solo element I like--his music really brings me into inner realms that I have difficulty reaching all by myself or with other music.

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    I've just listened to Messiaen's L'Ascension in its orchestral garb, having previously known it only in its version for solo organ. I have to say that, for me, it takes on more colour and life when played by many musicians rather than just one.

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