The Piano Music of Olivier Messiaen.
Olivier Messiaen left a stunning legacy, but was very secretive about his work. I first met Messiaen in 1986 when I was introduced to him after a concert in London. He had heard that I was working on a complete recording of his piano music, and invited me to visit him in Paris. My initial experience of playing to Messiaen proved a daunting one. In the first 10 minutes I had to survive a chair collapsing underneath me, and a blizzard of apparently contradictory instructions. I must have passed the audition, because he suddenly relaxed, and became smiling and constructive.
Peter Hill is a concert pianist and writer on music. You went into the next room and played the first two chords of the piano accompaniment of the first movement of the Quartet for the end of time. Meanwhile in Australia Limelight magazine has described the CD as a 'spellbinding album', an 'exquisite collection of music', the performance capturing the 'nuance of the music to the finest degree, exhibiting the subtlest shading of colour and touch'.
This album has an average beat per minute of 87 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 60/129 BPM). Recent albums by Olivier Messiaen. Des canyons aux étoiles.
Album · 2015 · 6 Songs. Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux Book 1-3 Peter Hill. Listen on Apple Music.
Messiaen: The Piano Works.
Listen to albums and songs from Peter Hill. Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux Book 1-3. Peter Hill. Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux Book 4-6.