MESSIAEN, SAARIAHO: The Edge of Light

1 CD - harmonia mundi HMU907578
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Gloria Cheng
original title: The Edge of Light
collection: USA

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  • Messiaen: Préludes (1929, solo piano), Pièce pour Piano et Cordes (1991)
    Saariaho: Ballade (2005, solo piano — first recording), Prelude (2006, solo piano - first recording).
    Je sens un deuxième coeur (2004, piano trio)

    Grammy® Award-winner Gloria Cheng brings an exquisite array of touch to this programme which couples the first mature works of Olivier Messiaen with the darkly radiant music of Kaija Saariaho. The Calder Quartet joins Ms. Cheng for Saariaho's 2003 trio 'Je sens un deuxième coeur' and Messiaen's 'Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes'. Saariaho attended this first recording of her ‘Ballade’ and ‘Prelude’.

    "This album portrays the connections I perceived between, as Peter Sellars describes in his liner notes, 'these most feminine works in Messiaen's entire catalogue,' and the deeply expressive, passionate music of Kaija Saariaho. I am thrilled to have the Calder Quartet, with whom I've joyfully collaborated for many years, join me in this endeavor." - GLORIA CHENG

    “One of our most gratifying Messiaen pianists...she phrased with warmth and made the piano resound in a way that made Messiaen irresistible.” Los Angeles Times

    “Gloria Cheng is a celebrity: an invaluable new-music advocate and a preferred collaborator of composers like Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen.” New York Times

    “one of the heroes of the new-music world, an energetic and imaginative artist whose tastes range widely across the contemporary landscape.” San Francisco Chronicle

  • Gloria Cheng

    Gloria Cheng [piano]
    members of the Calder Quartet
  • 1 CD - 1h 7mn 0s
    upc/ean. 093046757823
    ref. HMU907578
    release date. 2013-03-11