December 03, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

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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