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ComposerMessiaen, Olivier (1908-1992)
Period20th century
Work typeOrchestral
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Olivier Messiaen’s Canyons echo through the American West

Ludovic Morlot conducts the Seattle Symphony in Messiaen's remarkable Des Canyons aux Étoiles, which bows to the majesty of the stunning geological and astrological entities of the southwestern US landscape, still sounding as if it had been written yesterday. 

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Prom 13: Star-struck Messiaen from Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO

Olivier Messiaen deeply personal voice and its influence echoed far and wide across the decades and across national boundaries. 

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Residency in the Celestial City

Though the photographic accompaniment was earthbound, Messiaen and the LAPO led us to the stars. 
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Aiming for the stars with Messiaen

A rare opportunitiy to hear Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles in Sydney. 
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From the Canyons to the Stars: A Messiaenic journey with the LPO at The Rest is Noise

No exploration of the relationship between spirituality and 20th-century music can delve to any sorts of depth without discovering the figure of Olivier Messiaen, the religiously-influenced composer par excellence in a century characterised by the emancipation of art from religion.
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