Salonen Conducts Messiaen's 'Turangalîla-Symphonie'
Thursday, May 12, 2016
As part of the New York Philharmonic's Messiaen week, the orchestra performed Olivier Messiaen's monumental Turangalîla-Symphonie. Tune in at 9 pm Thursday to hear the recorded performance, featuring pianist Yuja Wang and ondes martenot player Valérie Hartman-Clavarie, on the theremin-like instrument.
The composer and critic Virgil Thomson wrote of the Turangalîla-Symphonie that it “shows the determination to produce somewhere in every piece an apotheosis destined at once to open up the heavens and to bring down the house.” The title is based on two Sanskrit words: Turanga (time) and lîla (play), but the scope of the symphony is much broader. The 75-minute work was inspired in part by the Tristan and Isolde myth, as well as all types of love.
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Soloists: Yuja Wang, piano
Valérie Hartman-Clavarie, Ondes Martenot