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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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LondonLunchtime Recital - Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Lunchtime Recital - Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)
Guillermo Ramasasa; Naori Takahashi; Marleen Hiemsch; Michel Xie

GenevaMusique sur Rhône – Olivier Messiaen

Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)
Ensemble de musique de chambre de l'orchestre de la Suisse Romande

BarcelonaMessiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

© Marco Borggreve
Berg, Ravel, Widmann, Carter, Messiaen
Isabelle Faust; Jörg Widmann; Jean-Guihen Queyras; Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Santa FeChamber recital

© Neda Navaee
Takemitsu, Wagner, Messiaen
James Gaffigan; Nicolas Namoradze; Gilles Vonsattel; Leila Josefowicz; Camilla Kjøll

ViennaAltenberg Trio • Matthias Schorn

Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Messiaen
Matthias Schorn; Altenberg Trio; Christopher Hinterhuber; Ziyu He
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West Cork Chamber Music Festival ends in style

Henning Kraggerud © Robert Romik
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

Janine Jansen © Richard Termine
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

Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
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

Janine Jansen © Sara Wilson | Decca
If not the ideal first half to precede the Quartet for the End of Time, there could be no quarrel with the execution thoroughout.
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For Alan Gilbert, the End of Time suggests what may be to come

Alan Gilbert © Chris Lee
What’s next for the outgoing Music Director of the New York Philharmonic? It’s unclear. But this program reflected both his legacy and the gifts he will carry down the road.
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