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Possibly the Definitive Messiaen Organ Collection

Although Messiaen's own recording of many of his own pieces is fantastic, Latry's edition is able to make up for some technical problems in the early recording. Some of the lower notes on the organ Messiaen used are a bit out of tune, but Latry's recording has much better intonation. Also the recording quality is fantastic compared to Messiaen's own recordings. But the playing is also excellent. He displays a grace and subtle touch which allow the sacred nature of the pieces to shine. Most originally existed as solos Messiaen performed at masses, and Olivier Latry ensures their beauty shines throughout. Its also nice to have all of Messiaen's organ works in this collection. His own recording left out some pieces that he wrote later in his life. If you're looking for the definitive recording of the organ pieces, this is it. It's also an excellent introduction to Messiaen's work if you don't mind the hefty price; the organ works tend to be a little easier to digest than some of the orchestral works. A great collection.

Magnificent cacophony

I wish Messiaen were alive to hear this. The technical aspects of the works (Latry's playing, the organ of the Notre Dame cathedral, and the recording process) are so excellent that they become transparent. The listener feels directly and intimately connected with what Messiaen must have felt when he was writing the pieces. They are not for the faint of heart, certainly. These are extraordinarily spiritual works. It is some of the most primal music I have heard. Like the holy mysteries that inspired Messiaen, I feel like I could spend a lifetime studying these works and never fully understand them, yet on another level I feel like I understood them before I even heard them.

This is the greatest organ album in my (admittedly modest) collection. I would say that it's "worth every penny," but it's almost an insult to attach a monetary value to the kind of experiences that music like this inspires. It was worth it to me.

Essential and Astonishing!!!

Essential and Astonishing!!!

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  • $59.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Oct 08, 2002

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