Tuesday 27 March 2018

Gramophone Editor's Choice: Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux



"His dynamic range is formidable, his voicing of chords scrupulously faithful, his clarity unimpeachable. It’s hard to imagine the textures having greater impact or precision, or the continuity and discontinuity being projected with greater concentration. "

 

We are proud to share with you that our recording of Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard is Gramophone Editor's Choice for April 2018! Read a passage of the review below.

 

Unsurprisingly, Pierre-Laurent Aimard's interpretations are anything but tame. His dynamic range is formidable, his voicing of chords scrupulously faithful, his clarity unimpeachable. It's hard to imagine the textures having greater impact or precision, or the continuity and discontinuity being projected with greater concentration. Opinions might vary with regard to his pianistic colours, on whether his fortissimos are unduly metallic, for instance. But the extremes are written into the score, and certainly not a single sound emerges with indifference. 

 

[Check out the album here:]

 

 

David Fanning

Read the full review on Gramophone - April 2018 issue

photo by Marco Borggreve