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Work: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for orchestra

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ComposerMessiaen, Olivier (1908-1992)
Period20th century
Year1964
Work typeOrchestral
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MadridRubén Gimeno dirige Messiaen y Debussy

Tower, Messiaen, Debussy, Argüelles
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; Ana González; Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid; Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; Jóvenes Cantoras de la JORCAM; Rubén Gimeno
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Messengers from God: Mehta's meditations on Messiaen and Bruckner

All life is a preparation for death, as revealed in Messiaen's Et exspecto and Bruckner's Ninth Symphony. Zubin Mehta and the Berlin Philharmonic administer the exequies.
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Gardner and the LPO set a solemn tone with Messiaen and Schoenberg

The London Philharmonic strikes a somber note as Edward Gardner explores themes of resurrection and transfiguration in the Royal Festival Hall. 
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Restless commemoration from Benjamin and London Sinfonietta

A programme of new music and 20th-century classics reflects on loss, war, inhumanity and redemption. 
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Prom 69: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly play Messiaen and Mahler

Two fine concerts from Riccardo Chailly’s Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra filled part of the space between end-of-season Proms from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics. They brought Mendelssohn of refinement and poise to Prom 67 and dark, fateful thrust in Messiaen and Mahler for Prom 69.
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LSO play Bruckner

Three enormous ear-splitting tam-tams were employed in Messiaen’s Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorem, the largest being truly gigantic, maybe 10ft (3m.) in diameter. When we reassembled after the interval to hear the LSO perform Bruckner’s 9th symphony, this massive tam-tam was still centre-stage, at the back lowering over the orchestra.