Listen: Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' with New York Philharmonic All-Stars
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time has become one of the most beloved and towering works of the 20th century, constructed with the French composer's signature blend of ecstatic harmonies and subtle rhythmic complexities. The harrowing circumstances of its composition in the Nazi concentration camp, Stalag VII-A, lend further to the mythology surrounding the work, which you can stream in the audio above.
Recorded live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur on March 13 as part of the New York Philharmonic's Messiaen Week, this all-star performance features the philharmonic's principal clarinetist and cellist, Anthony McGill and Carter Brey, respectively, alongside music director Alan Gilbert in a rare appearance as violinist. Pianist Inon Barnatan, who is currently the philharmonic's artist-in-association, fills out the foursome.
Stream Maximum Messiaen — 24 hours of Messiaen's music, hosted by Phil Kline with audio insights from New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert — on Thursday, March 24 as part of Q2 Music's 24 on the 24th series.