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Work: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)

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ComposerMessiaen, Olivier (1908-1992)
Period20th century
Year1941
Work typeChamber
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LondonMusic in the Grip of War: Messiaen & Shostakovich

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Messiaen, Shostakovich
Alina Ibragimova; Alban Gerhardt; Pascal Moraguès; Steven Osborne
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Visions of the beyond at the Ragged School Museum

The Second Ragged Music Festival showcases young musicians in Bach and Messiaen in East London.
****1
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West Cork Chamber Music Festival ends in style

British cellist Laura van der Heijden proved herself to be the sister of soul on the cello for the second night in succession.
*****
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Unbelievable harmony at Carnegie Hall

Starting her Perspectives series, Janine Jansen invited three outstanding musicians to join her in 20th century repertoire.
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Bitterness and lamentation at SJSS

James Ehnes, Steven Osborne and Alban Gerhardt captured the lamentations of Shostakovich's Second Piano Trio before they were joined by clarinettist Jean Johnson for Messiaen's quartet at St John’s Smith Square.
***11
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Supergroup Messiaen at Wigmore Hall

If not the ideal first half to precede the Quartet for the End of Time, there could be no quarrel with the execution thoroughout.
****1
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