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.


Elizabeth Sellars

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).

Kenji Fujimura

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.

Press quotes

“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)

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Sonata for violin and piano George Benjamin

  1. I 8:18
  2. II 6:24
  3. III 7:34
  4. Prélude élégiaque Paul Dukas 3:25
  5. Tre Pezzi, Op 14e György Kurtág

  6. I 2:21
  7. II 1:12
  8. II 2:37
  9. Anthèmes for solo violin Pierre Boulez 9:30
  10. Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas Olivier Messiaen 4:41
  11. Doloroso (Garzulyéknak) György Kurtág 1:43
  12. Anziksz Kellerandnak György Kurtág :28
  13. Calmo-Sognando (Stfan Romascau in memoriam) György Kurtág 1:55
  14. In Nomine - all'ungherese (Damjanich emlékko) György Kurtág 5:09
  15. Fantasie Olivier Messiaen 7:31



Olivier Messiaen

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

The Messiaen Nexus can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
62 minutes 48 seconds
Release date
© 2013 Move Records
℗ 2013 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3369
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574336924