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In the Whirl of Time: Messiaen and his Students

September 8, 19.30 - 21.00

Stalag VIII A, Zgorzelec, Poland

Last year, Klangforum Wien already cast a sonic spell over the audience of the Lausitz Festival. This year, the ensemble returns to present a programme dedicated to Messiaen’s legacy. Here, the voice of Olivier Messiaen, like an echo of past Impressionism, meets the spectral music of Tristan Murail, which he inspired, and finally the work of his student George Benjamin, who musically combines complex architecture with sensual beauty. Messiaen’s contemporary Gérard Grisey also describes a turning point in time with “Vortex Temporum” (In the Whirl of Time).


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Tristan Murail
– the bronze age

Olivier Messiaen
– theme et variations

George Benjamin
– Octet

Gérard Grisey
– Vortex temporum I, II, III

James Baker

Tristan Murail | Olivier Messiaen | George Benjamin | Gérard Grisey

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