It’s not hard to see why Harawi is a good partner to Die Schöne Müllerin. Love Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi. Messiaen: Harawi. Uploaded by mqtrinh. Songs of love and death. The first part of Messiaen’s Tristan trilogy. The word “Harawi” is derived from a Quechua word . Olivier Messiaen – Harawi by Tony Arnold, soprano & Jacob Greenberg, piano, released 15 June 1. Cantéyodjayâ for solo piano 2. Harawi: Song of Love.

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Song of Love and Death. The inspiration and title for the deeply colorful messiaenn comes from Quechua harawl songs of the South American Andes. Messiaen had long been obsessed by the Tristan legend. Arnold has collaborated with the most cutting-edge composers and instrumentalists on the world stage, receiving consistent critical accolades for a voice of beauty and warmth, an uncanny technical facility, sterling musicianship, and riveting stage presence.

His solo concert series, Music at Close Range, shows his equal commitment to classics of the repertoire. A leading pianist of modern song, he has toured extensively with soprano Tony Arnold.

Harawi, Song of Love and Death

Greenberg is also a record producer, and has completed discs for major harwi and international labels. Olivier Messiaen’s inimitable musical personality is in full bloom on this disc, which focuses on “Harawi,” a cycle of love songs with roots in the South American Andes. The French composer blends a distinctive palette of mmessiaen colors with exotic and ecstatic vocal lines. Soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Jacob Greenberg give the songs fiercely articulate performances, and Greenberg is the dynamic soloist in Messiaen’s Hindu-inspired “Canteyodjaya.

This is Messiaen in which the hairpin-turn changes are navigated with such exuberance that you could mistake it for masterfully composed, adventurous modern jazz. In alternating between the dissonant chords of the opening figure and the knotty, halting-then-blitzing single-note runs that pop up between reappearances of the mezsiaen, Greenberg creates a messiaem overall feel.

Yet Greenberg carries yarawi those oddities on his back while managing to dance elegantly all the same. This approach continues throughout the main course offering: Like Greenberg in his solo feature, Arnold delivers on the interpretive possibilities.

There are only a couple fleeting half-seconds during which an interval-plus-rhythm switch-up is taken on so aggressively that the execution seems momentarily in jeopardy as in the dashing penultimate movement.

With a languid opening reminiscent of Debussy, the cycle goes on to represent vertigo in dizzily spinning passages. The songs have Arnold switch from female to male characters, and sometimes the low register of the latter sounds a little uncomfortable. But she and her vastly talented accompanist are in perfect accord throughout, from songs that call for primitive-sounding chanted repetitions to those that build to a wild wail.


I have to say I suffer from Messiaen guilt. I admire his passion for what he did and his devout Catholic faith, and a few people whose judgment I respect have been crazy hzrawi him. Still, I find his music hard to warm up to.

So while I admire this disc, it is on an intellectual level. It is robust and rhythmic, and his performance has an appealing freedom. You could tell people this was out-there jazz and they would believe you. Arnold is adept as always, her voice steady and sweet. Song of love and death. Arnold, meanwhile, gets to show off part of her vast array of unusual vocal effects.

Messiaen appears to be enjoying himself with this one. Both works have in common a somewhat exotic influence: They rush into the forest and the great unknown, encounter a green dove and a staircase to the heavens. Her one drawback—and you hear this a lot in modern sopranos, particularly those who do a lot of modern music—is that when she pushes the volume, an uneven flutter appears.

I was also surprised by some of her low notes: The remaining songs follow similar patterns to those above, but I was pleased by the fact that Messiaen did not really repeat any effects in the music, and some of those songs, in whole or part, have some really lovely melodies in them.

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Tony Arnold is a marvel in this music, a real new-music trooper who knows the intricate mdssiaen and outs of Messiaen, while Jacob Greenberg, also a proven contemporary music warrior, plays with authority and rigorous inventiveness.

Sound is clear and vivid, nicely captured. Not for everyone, but Messiaen diehards will want it. A soprano of formidable range and extensive timbral palette, Arnold navigates the dichotomies of introversion and extroversion, dreamy infatuation and bold pronouncement, with unencumbered tone and bright delivery of the text.

The resoluteness, almost defiant approach Arnold offers in No.

More symphony orchestra than mere piano, Greenberg unleashes behemoth chords in his finale harwi the same movement. Whether shadowing, buoying or commenting, Greenberg proves himself a near-clairvoyant collaborator. In the birdsong inflections of “Bonjour toi, colombe verte,” both are confident and expressive.

Olivier Messiaen is unique in music history.

He is perhaps the most intensely religious composer since J. Bach, despite living in the 20th century, when most artists and intellectuals abandoned faith. Yet his belief was anything but orthodox: He was synesthetic, so that he heard chords as colors. And he originated total serialism, where pitches and rhythms are standardized, so that a specific note will always have the same articulation and duration in a piece.


Serialism became hagawi predominant compositional method during the s.

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Despite containing a section of serialized rhythm one of the first pieces to do soit grooves. Greenberg deploys a wide variety of sounds and attacks in episodes sandwiched nessiaen the refrain of a demented melody over a spasmodic rhythm. And then comes Harawia twelve song, nearly hour-long cycle inspired by Peruvian love songs and the myth of Tristan and Isolde.

Arnold and Greenberg deserve commendation just for learning the work, with its scattershot, percussive piano parts, challenging vocal lines, and demand for both lyricism and violence. The mystical text is by Messiaen himself and based in his idiosyncratic faith. What is the music for such a text like? Rapturous, profane, caressing, clamorous, beatific, or simply mind-blowing. A common structure alternates tranquil melodies with frenetic, harsh piano interludes, brilliantly executed by Greenberg.

This tension is especially apparent in the varieties of singing.

At other points she screams, ululates, and rages, then unspools a gorgeous tone. One hymn-like theme recurs multiple times over resoundingly tonal chords, contented and loving. Each time, Arnold and Greenberg imbue it with both tenderness and understated strength. New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary creative music of many stripes, as mewsiaen as new approaches to older repertoire.

Listen hatawi full streaming tracks while you browse the site. New tracks enabled for streaming every month. Click on the button to open up the radio player. Home Catalogue News About Contact. New Focus Recordings Catalog Number: June 25, Album Artist: Late 20th CenturyArt songVocal. Olivier Messiaencomposer. Harawi – Album of the Week on Q2! In a review of the recording, Seth Colter Wells hails the recording as “one of the best new interpretations of Messiaen in years.

Cleveland Classical Olivier Messiaen is unique in music history. About New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary creative music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. New Focus Titles on … 10th Dec Grammy Nominations f… 7th Dec New Focus Radio Listen to full streaming tracks while you browse the site.

Tony Arnold, sopranoJacob Greenberg, piano. La ville qui dormait, toi. Bonjour toi, colombe verte. L’escalier redit, gestes du soleil.