The Turangalîla-Symphonie is a large-scale piece of orchestral music by Olivier Messiaen (1908–92). It was written from 1946 to 1948 on a commission by Serge Koussevitzky for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The premiere was in Boston on 2 December 1949, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. The commission did not specify the duration, orchestral requirements or style of the piece, leaving the decisions to the composer. Koussevitzky was billed to conduct the premiere, but fell ill, and the task fell to the young Bernstein. Bernstein has been described as "the ideal conductor for it, and it made Messiaen's name more widely known". Yvonne Loriod, who later became Messiaen's second wife, was the piano soloist, and Ginette Martenot played the ondes Martenot for the first and several subsequent performances. From 1953, Yvonne's sister Jeanne Loriod was the ondes Martenot player in many performances and recordings.
Performances & Interviews
- Messiaen: Turangalila Symphonyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tsffl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tsffl.jpg2014-03-12T18:53:00.000ZJeremy Thurlow recommends a version from recordings of Messiaen's Turangalila Symphonyhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01tsffr
Messiaen: Turangalila SymphonyJeremy Thurlow recommends a version from recordings of Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony
- Messiaen: Turangalilahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020cppt.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020cppt.jpg2014-07-09T11:33:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Andrew McGregor talks about Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022h9zy
Messiaen: TurangalilaIn this Proms Music Guide, Andrew McGregor talks about Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony.