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Messiaen

BBC Proms, 2012 Season, Prom 69 Episode 1 of 2

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 02 September 2012

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly in their second Prom perform Messiaen's dramatic 1964 memorial to the dead of two world wars, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and Mahler's 6th Symphony which is a similarly wide-ranging soundscape moving from death-portending hammer-blows to alpine cow-bells. It also contains one of Mahler's most glorious slow movements.

Together with the Turangalila Symphony, Messiaen's Et Expecto is one of his most often performed orchestral works. It is on a vast canvas with a wide dynamic range, full of orchestral effects and apocalyptic gongs. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Riccardo Chially has been their conductor since 2005.

Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor).

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