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Simon Rattle conducts Olivier Messiaen's epic Éclairs sur l'au-delà... (Lightning Over the Beyond...), a visionary evocation of 'resurrection, eternity and the other life.’

With its vast orchestral forces, Olivier Messiaen's epic Éclairs sur l’au-delà... (Lightning Over the Beyond...), is rarely performed. But his last completed music is an ecstatic and visionary masterpiece combining Messiaen's enduring and profound Catholic faith and decades-long preoccupation with birdsong. 'I imagined myself in front of a curtain in darkness, apprehensive about what lay beyond: Resurrection, Eternity, the other life' was how Messiaen himself described his epic 11-movement, hour-long work.

It's a typically bold and inspired statement of intent from Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra in one of their first concerts of the new season. Recorded yesterday at the Barbican Hall and presented by Tom Service and including an on-stage introduction to the music from Simon Rattle.

Olivier Messiaen: Éclairs sur l’au-delà...
London Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle (conductor)

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2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Olivier Messiaen

    Éclairs sur l'Au-delà

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs)

    Music Arranger: Safri Duo. Performer: Colin Currie. Performer: Sam Walton.
    • 'Striking a Balance'.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Cello Sonata in A minor, Op 36

    Performer: Truls Mørk. Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Virgin.
  • Edward Elgar

    In the South 'Alassio'

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • HYPERION.
  • Hamish MacCunn

    The Ship o' the Fiend

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Maccunn - Land of the Mountain and the Flood and other music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    One star, at last

    Choir: King's College Chapel Choir. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • EMI.

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