The Messiaen Nexus
This unique disc presents an extraordinary insight into the intellectual and creative talent that arose from a particularly fertile period in the history of the Paris Conservatoire. Centred around legendary composer Oliver Messiaen, this eclectic mix of works for violin and piano highlights the influence of Messiaen on his students György Kurtág, George Benjamin and Pierre Boulez and also considers the influence on Messiaen by his teacher, Paul Dukas.
Australian-born violinist Elizabeth Sellars, is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs String Quartet (chamber music).
Dr Kenji Fujimura (piano) is a multi- award-winning pianist and composer, with many broadcasts on ABC-FM/TV, MBS-FM, BBC Radio3 and Bravo!Canada to his credit. Concert, masterclass, and adjudication engagements have taken Kenji throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.
“This disc should be praised as much for thoughtful programming as for musicianship.
Sellars and Fujimura focus on chamber works for violin and piano deriving their inspiration from the Paris Conservatoire under Messiaen's period of tutelage.” ★★★★
— Brett Allen-Bayes, Limelight
“Sellars and Fujimura have created a most entrancing and expressive rendition of these technically advanced and challenging works for violin and piano. Even though Messiaen is only represented in two of the 14 tracks, the title of the disc refers to his relationship and influence on the other composers in the period of the Paris Conservatoire - as a teacher of pupil. Benjamin, Dukas, Kurtág and Boulez's works are modern yet differ vastly in their style. The pieces selected comprise works for solo violin in their style, The pieces selected comprise works for solo violin as well as violin pieces accompanied by piano. The virtuosity of these accomplished performers is displayed as well as their ensemble skills. Each work draws the listener in on an emotional journey although the sounds are at first new and foreign. Through their intellectualism and stylistic mastery, these eclectic works are very satisfying to listen to, and music which one would want to hear again.”
— Sharon Lierse, AUSTA Magazine (Stringendo)
- I 8:18
- II 6:24
- III 7:34
- Prélude élégiaque Paul Dukas 3:25
- I 2:21
- II 1:12
- II 2:37
- Anthèmes for solo violin Pierre Boulez 9:30
- Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas Olivier Messiaen 4:41
- Doloroso (Garzulyéknak) György Kurtág 1:43
- Anziksz Kellerandnak György Kurtág :28
- Calmo-Sognando (Stfan Romascau in memoriam) György Kurtág 1:55
- In Nomine - all'ungherese (Damjanich emlékko) György Kurtág 5:09
- Fantasie Olivier Messiaen 7:31
Sonata for violin and piano George Benjamin
Tre Pezzi, Op 14e György Kurtág
- Elizabeth Sellars · violin · all except tracks 4 and 9
- Kenji Fujimura · piano · tracks 1—7, 9 and 14
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992) was a French composer, organist and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. His music is rhythmically complex (he was interested in rhythms from ancient Greek and from Hindu sources); harmonically and melodically it is based on modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from his early compositions and improvisations.
Where to buy
Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Total playing time
- 62 minutes 48 seconds
- Release date
- © 2013 Move Records
- ℗ 2013 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MD 3369
- EAN 9314574336924