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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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LondonPekka Kuusisto & Friends: Quartet for the End of Time

Barbican
Messiaen
Pekka Kuusisto; Alasdair Beatson; Matt Hunt; Louise Hopkins

LondonBach, Messiaen

© Eva Vermandel
Bach, Messiaen
Alina Ibragimova; Samson Tsoy; Andrei Ioniţă; Nicolas Baldeyrou

LondonMusic in the Grip of War: Messiaen & Shostakovich

© Eva Vermandel
Messiaen, Shostakovich
Alina Ibragimova; Alban Gerhardt; Pascal Moraguès; Steven Osborne
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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.
****1
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For Alan Gilbert, the End of Time suggests what may be to come

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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