Live at the BBC Proms. The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, with Nicolas Hodges (piano) and Martin Owen (horn), in Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles.
Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Sakari Oramo, with Nicolas Hodges (piano) and Martin Owen (horn), in Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles...
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore
Olivier Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles …
Martin Owen (horn)
David Hockings (percussion)
Alex Neal (percussion)
Nicolas Hodges (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
The ‘wild and colourful beauty’ of Utah and Arizona was the inspiration for one of the 20th century’s most singular and extraordinary works, a musical act of ‘praise and contemplation’ painted in the brightest and most vivid of sounds.
Olivier Messiaen’s mighty Des canyons aux étoiles … (‘From the Canyons to the Stars …’) is a sonic meditation in which birdsong mingles with desert winds, and the rustling of sand.
Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO, with pianist Nicolas Hodges and horn player Martin Owen taking the demanding solo parts.