11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although the title of this album refers to its brilliant, dissonant centerpiece—Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen—it also points toward the programming philosophy of this excellent two-piano collection: the Naughtons’ boldly imaginative vision in choosing such diverse works. There is a liturgical thread running through the three pieces on this record, to be sure. On the level of the music, however, each of these works represents a unique moment in the history of counterpoint and harmony, from the innovative polyphony of Bach to the post-minimal textures of Adams. The Bach is an especially interesting choice, cleansing the sonic palate between the two 20th-century monuments.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although the title of this album refers to its brilliant, dissonant centerpiece—Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen—it also points toward the programming philosophy of this excellent two-piano collection: the Naughtons’ boldly imaginative vision in choosing such diverse works. There is a liturgical thread running through the three pieces on this record, to be sure. On the level of the music, however, each of these works represents a unique moment in the history of counterpoint and harmony, from the innovative polyphony of Bach to the post-minimal textures of Adams. The Bach is an especially interesting choice, cleansing the sonic palate between the two 20th-century monuments.

TITLE TIME PRICE
Visions de l'Amen $9.03
5:23 $1.29
5:05 $1.29
7:20 $1.29
9:48 $1.29
7:28 $1.29
2:52 $1.29
6:20 $1.29
3:01 $1.29
Hallelujah Junction $3.87
6:41 $1.29
2:15 $1.29
5:21 $1.29

Customer Reviews

Amazing Album

Steven Mitch,

This is one amazing album. The linking of three works by Messaien, Adams, and Bach in an of itself is fascinating. I was not familiar with either the Messaien or the Adams pieces but I have already listened to this CD several times. It is an album which is quite mesmerizing and haunting. The Naughton sisters have a real gem here. I had not been aware of their artistry before but they are clearly a force to be reckoned with. Don't miss this album.