OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908-1992): Saint François d'Assise.
Catalogue Number: 05K086
Label: Opus Arte
Reference: OA 1007 D
Description: Messiaen's 4-hour magnum opus illustrating key episodes from the life of the Saint - the kissing of the leper, the sermon to the birds (no great surprise here! - 3/4 of an hour of gratuitous but truly astonishing musical ornithology, the composer's most dazling tour de force of this aspect of his individual style), the stigmata (like the most terrifying pages of Turangalîla), and so on. A stylized, rather minimalistic, appropriately chromatically saturated production, filmed in close-ups. The orchestra is visible on the stage level and the sound is very clear, the better to appreciate Messiaen's gorgeous sonic palette and intricate rhythms, the most instantly recognisable idiom in 20th-century music. English subtitles. 3 DVDs. Camilla Tilling (soprano), Rod Gilfry (baritone), Hubert Delamboye (tenor), Chorus of Netherlands Opera, The Hague Philharmonic; Ingo Metzmacher. 16:9 widescreen. NTSC region 0. 2.0 PCM stereo or 5.1 DTS Surround. 275 min.