• Love and faith, mortality and eternity are the abiding themes of these three important and beautifully shimmering works by one of the 20th century’s most innovative composers.
• Les offrandes oubliées, Messiaen’s first published orchestral work, is a symphonic meditation on Christ’s loving sacrifice to redeem the sin of humanity.
• Poèmes pour Mi sets nine mystical texts which were written as highly personal love songs to his first wife, Claire Delbos, while Un sourire pays homage to what he saw as Mozart’s ever-smiling attitude to life’s many hardships.
“One of the most electrifying singers of our time” BBC Radio Three on Anne Schwanewilms, May 2009
“…this is bewitching music-making that should on no account be missed… One of the finest discs Naxos has ever released.” Classic FM Magazine on 8.570759 ORCHESTRAL DISC OF THE MONTH
Poèmes pour Mi* (Version for soprano and orchestra) (Texts by Olivier Messiaen) Book 1:No. 1. Action de graces; No. 2. Paysage; No. 3. La maison; No. 4. Épouvante Book 2: No. 5. L’épouse; No. 6. Ta voix; No. 7. Les deux guerriers; No. 8. Le collier; No. 9. Prière exaucée Les offrandes oubliées; Un sourire