From the Royal Albert Hall, London. Presented by Suzy Klein.
James O'Donnell puts the organ of the Royal Albert Hall through its paces in one of the landmarks of 20th-century repertoire for the instrument, Messiaen's Messe de la Pentecôte, which draws musical inspiration from birdsong and concludes with a shattering depiction of pentecostal tongues of fire engulfing the Apostles. Alongside it, sacred French music for the same church feast from an earlier tradition: a Renaissance mass by Pierre de Manchicourt, a composer who, though little known today, ended his life as master of the royal chapel of Philip II of Spain and who no less a figure than Orlando Lassus called a 'distinguished and excellent composer of music'.
James O'Donnell (organ)
Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Olivier Messiaen: Messe de la Pentecôte
Pierre de Manchicourt: Missa Veni sancte spiritus.