Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen (1943)
In the spring of 1943, in German-occupied Paris, a select audience of invited guests gathered at the Galerie Charpentier for the first performance of Olivier Messiaen's new work for two pianos, Visions de l'Amen. Although originally one of several pieces on the program, a printed announcement of a change of date explained that "the significance, the character and the duration of this work have led the Concerts de la Pléiade to present it in a concert which will be entirely devoted to it." Performed by Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod, Visions represented the first musical collaboration between the two, and the beginning of a personal and creative partnership that would endure for half a century. This new recording brings together two leading performers of Messiaen's music- pianists Sarah Rothenberg and Marilyn Nonken.
“Nonken and Rothenberg bring a razor-sharp response to a monumental opus that all lovers of the piano should have in their collections.” - Fanfare
“Rothenberg’s studies with Yvonne Loriod show in the meticulous realization of the letter and ecstatic spirit of the score, culminating in a blazing ;Amen de la Consommation’ that never sounds harsh, even at the loudest dynamic levels...this is a prime recommendation.” - BBC Music Magazine