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Olivier Messiaen: Harawi (1945), Part 1

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Uploaded on Jan 6, 2009

Harawi, Chant d'amour et de mort

1. La ville qui dormait, toi
2. Bonjour toi, colombe verte
3. Montagnes

The first three songs of Messiaen's 12-song cycle, the first part of the so-called Tristan trilogy (also including Turangalîla and Cinq Rechants), works inspired by Wagner's opera and the themes of love and death in general. The direct poetic inspiration comes from Peruvian legend, but the texts are Messiaen's own, mostly surrealistic chains of images and symbols, and sometimes Quechua words and syllables applied for their timbral qualities.

Rachel Yakar, soprano; Yvonne Loriod, piano. Art by Yves Klein.

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