Olivier Messiaen - Harawi

by Tony Arnold, soprano & Jacob Greenberg, piano

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kaleidoscopeman Well done... I love your pianist... what a performance from both of you ! Favorite track: Harawi: Song of Love and Death: Bonjour toi, colombe verte.
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Longtime collaborators Tony Arnold (soprano) and Jacob Greenberg (piano) release a poignant recording of Olivier Messiaen’s evocative song cycle Harawi: Song of Love and Death in June on New Focus Recordings. The solar chaos of vertigo, green dove, limpid pearl, shared shadow -- these indelible images mark Harawi, the last of Messiaen’s solo song cycles. The inspiration and title for the deeply colorful cycle comes from Quechua love songs of the South American Andes. Messiaen had long been obsessed by the Tristan legend. He recognized a shared theme of dying lovers between these Andean songs and Wagner’s Liebestod, and this attracted him to this exotic source of inspiration. In Harawi, Messiaen’s own poetic text describes the journey of lovers, at once ecstatic and cruel, on the other side of the world. His solo piano piece Cantéyodjayâ serves as an overture on this disc of lesser-known masterworks.

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released June 15, 2013

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New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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