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Messiaen : Catalogue d'Oiseaux. Longobardi.
Format : 3 CD
Total Time : 02:28:58

Recording : 2017-2018
Sound : Stereo

Label : Piano Classics
Catalog No. : PCL10155
EAN : 5029365101554
Price Code : DM029A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 06/03/2019

Genre : Classical
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Catalogue d'oiseaux
Livre I
Le chochard des Alpes
Le Loriot
Le Merle bleu
Livre II
Le traquet Strapazin
Livre III
La chouette Hulotte
L'Alouette Lulu
Livre IV
La Rousserolle Effarvatte
Livre V
L'Alouette Calandrelle
La Bouscarle
Livre VI
Le Merle de roche
Livre VII
La buse variable
Le Traquet rieur
Le Courlis cendré

Ciro Longobardi, piano

Aurait-on déjà oublié Olivier Messiaen, décédé en 1992 ? On révoquerait alors bien vite une moisson de chefs-d’œuvre pourtant pas si anciens. C’est plus discrètement à son Catalogue d’oiseaux que le pianiste Ciro Longobardi a décidé de se consacrer à son tour en publiant ce coffret. Il faut lui en savoir gré car le résultat justifie largement la démarche. Certes, les versions de référence ne manquent pas (Loriod, Muraro) mais cette nouvelle production n’a pas à rougir des comparaisons. Il faut bien sûr accepter de se plonger dans ces pages pour piano solo afin d’y découvrir ce que le compositeur entend suggérer à partir de la collecte de l’ornithologue qu’il était également, composante aussi importante pour son art que ne l’était sa foi. Le livret pourra d’ailleurs nous y aider (en anglais) en proposant pour chaque titre un décor, une ambiance, un synopsis. Les pièces deviendront alors autant de poèmes sonores, de véritables saynètes, voire de fresques - tant la couleur reste un élément capital pour le musicien - selon qu’on les abordera avec des référents littéraires, dramaturgiques ou picturaux. Le désir de « traduire la nature en musique » devient réalité. (Alain Monnier)

From an Alpine crow circling rocks and precipices to a lonely curlew off the coast of Brittany; from a golden oriole singing in the sun to a tawny owl hooting in a dark forest… The Catalogue d’Oiseaux of Olivier Messiaen forms an extraordinary and varied tribute to the landscape and bird-life of France, and to its composer’s powers of invention as he explored and developed innovations in harmony, melody and rhythm at a time when all the elements of music were in flux and up for grabs. Any new recording of one of the 20th-century’s major piano cycles is a major event. The 13 compositions of the Catalogue are very different to each other, in length, form and intent. L’alouette lulu is a kind of antiphonal poem. La chouette hulotte boldly maps out territory for experimentation – a rhythmic study at the start, by the end a study in timbre. Le chocard des alpes and Le buse variable are mostly articulated by shouts, where we are close to noise; the French landscape is very present and raw. The material is often raw and dissonant, but Messiaen often uses what are traditionally blocks of dissonance to create consonance. There are pieces full of melody – Le loriot or La bouscarle – and songs rich in timbre but not saturated with colour like La merle de roche. The Catalogue begins and ends with movements that are severe in nature and forbidding in mood. He liked to convey the impression that he composed music in isolation from the world around him, inspired first and foremost by God and by the birds whom he called God’s musicians. But the period of the 1950s which saw the composition of the Catalogue was one of intense turbulence and tragedy for him, and it inevitably marked his music. The Italian pianist Ciro Longobardi has made a specialty of 20th and 21st-century music. He won a major piano prize at the crucible of European modernism in music, Darmstadt – only the second Italian pianist to do so – and he has given Italian premieres of significant works by the likes of Ives, Kurtág and Xenakis. With both an assured technique and a sympathetic grasp of the idioms of the great music of our own time, he is well placed to make an outstanding contribution to the rich history of the Catalogue d’Oiseaux on record.

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