The Nativity of the Lord #0848
…in tribute to Olivier Messiaen on the centenary of his birth, a composite performance of one of his best-loved compositions, La Nativité du Seigneur, music inspired by the birth of Jesus.
Filler –OLIVIER MESSIAEN: The Magi (see above)
Olivier Messiaen [December 10, 1908 — April 27, 1992], the most important composer of organ music in the 20 th century, took inspiration from his intense religious faith coupled to a mystic’s vision. He created a unique musical language that would evolve to embrace Gregorian chant, ancient Greek and Hindu rhythms, intensely colorful chordal harmonies, and the songs of birds. In La Nativité du Seigneur, in ways which simultaneously seem somewhat strange and strangely engaging, he creates a sequence of nine vivid scenes that capture the essence of that first Christmas, its characters, events and ideals.