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Work: Oiseaux exotiques, for orchestra

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ComposerMessiaen, Olivier (1908-1992)
Period20th century
Year1956
Work typeOrchestral
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SeoulThe Song of the Heavens

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Seoul Philharmonic; Sylvain Cambreling; Roger Muraro
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Jean-Philippe Collard excels in Messiaen and Ravel in Montreal

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Three contrasting 20th-century masterworks were judiciously crafted and insightfully honed by the Orchestre Symphonique of Montreal and their music director Kent Nagano.
*****
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Birtwistle perplexes, but Aimard shines

Birtwistle’s Responses poses more questions than it answers, but Aimard’s Messiaen was a triumph. 
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Joanna MacGregor's Exotic Birds a highlight in Auckland

Joanna MacGregor's 'Exotic Birds', in an imaginatively programmed Auckland Philharmonia concert, gets our reviewer all aflutter.
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Birdsong in Birmingham: Mitsuko Uchida with Andris Nelsons and the CBSO

It wasn’t only Mitsuko Uchida’s hands that were agile. Her arrival on stage was accompanied by the deepest bow imaginable, bending from the waist until she resembled a tuning fork. Such Japanese formality was paired with a warm, glowing smile and a real connection with players and audience alike.
*****
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Der Jungbrunnen des Harrison Birtwistle: Jurowski zu Gast in Amsterdam

Vladimir Jurowski © Drew Kelley
Jurowski treibt in der Rolle des Hoffmann’schen Kapellmeistersdie Musiker des RCO mit teuflischem Spaß zu immer mehr virtuosem Schabernack an.
****1
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