Let's get Messiaen
Who is Messiaen?
What a life he had. This gifted French composer organist was captured by ‘Ze Germans’ early in the Second World War. But he continued to compose, practice and play, eventually performing in captivity for 5000 prisoners of war at the Stalag barracks, a working camp in Poland.“Nowhere and never before have so many people listened with understanding and attention to my work” was how he described the experience. That in itself is an amazing feat. But he is most famous for his Turangalîla-Symphonie. You simply have to hear it. It’s a must-hear!
Perhaps you’ve heard of Tristan & Isolde? By Richard Wagner? That work was a great source of inspiration for Messiaen, who frmly believed that sexual love is the Devine gift. Turangalîla-Symphonie is one of the most impressive works of the 20th century. It is a meditation of joy and the human union, consisting of ten movements. It is a world of ecstasy and oriental exotique mysticism.
In short, it’s the perfect backdrop for that amazing date, where you need something very very special that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Do something classic for that special guy or girl. Let’s get Messiaen!
What can you expect?
This concert is a double shot of epic, the real bucketlist piece by Messiaen is of-course the Turangalîla-Symphonie. But there’s more! If you visit the concert in Eindhoven Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde: Prelude und Liebestod is on the program as well. This concert is accompanied by a very special instrument, the ‘Ondes-Martenot’ played by Natalie Forget and Roger Muraro on the piano.
Do you want to know more about the Turangalîla-Symphonie? Use the Wolfgang-app during the concert (in Dutch only).