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Olivier Messiaen: The Anniversary Edition

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Olivier Messiaen: The Anniversary Edition

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Olivier Messiaen
genre:
Classical

We gave it a B+

To some, he’s the greatest religious composer since Bach; to others, he’s a wearisome channeler of mystic babble. The polarizing Frenchman would’ve turned 100 ?in December, and Olivier Messiaen: The Anniversary Edition, a 14-disc box, commemorates his career. Worthy performers abound, but surprisingly, ”Des Canyons aux Etoiles,” Messiaen’s mesmerizing account of his trip to Utah, isn’t here. Real fanatics might want to wait for DG’s upcoming complete 32-disc set. B+

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