Chief Conductor David Robertson conducts Olivier Messiaen’s magnum opus, a dedication to joy and love on a colossal scale.
Widely regarded as one of the most powerful pieces of music created in the 20th century Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie is nothing short of monumental.
Calling for a massive orchestra of almost 100 musicians, solo piano and one of the earliest of electronic instruments, the ondes martinot, Messiaen creates a spellbinding, transcendent world filled with drama and mysticism.
Its first performances in the 1940s were considered nothing short of a revelation from a composer whose musical bombshells seemed to belie his gentle spirituality and humanism. Turangalîla, a word from the ancient Sanskrit reflects the work’s fascinating dualities: east and west; tonality and lyricism, joy, time, life and death.
This singular event, bringing together enormous musical forces, will display Messiaen’s brilliance in one astonishing and glorious performance.