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Track(s) taken from CDA67366
Recording details: September 2003
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: October 2004
Total duration: 3 minutes 55 seconds

'There is much to savour in Osborne and Roscoe's performance, captured in typically superlative Hyperion sound' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The precision and muscular virtuosity of Osborne's and Roscoe's playing is exactly what breathes life into the explicitly 'visionary' character of the work … the performance is lucid in conception and illuminating in its realization. Never laboured, it's marked throughout by a sense of ease, as well as by a sure sense of structure, of rhythmic detail, and of the diverse function and significance of each of the many layers in its complex 'mix'' (International Record Review)

'This performance gets the balance between the blistering, ecstatic intensity and the static moments of contemplation exactly right, presenting all the rhythmic and harmonic layers with perfect clarity, while Osborne's accounts of the three earlier solo pieces are a real bonus' (The Guardian)

'Roscoe's piano handles most of the thematic material and the piano's lower reaches; Osborne supplies the iridescent details. Clarity and rhythmic precision cannot be faulted' (The Times)

'These pianists have a marvellous accord in Messiaen's amazing, clangorous, rapturous, visionary jamboree. Only a pile-up of adjectives, to which should be added coruscating and addictively dithyrambic, could do justice' (The Sunday Times)

'Played with an ear-tweaking sensitivity and gripping sense of theatre. Exceptionally fine sound, and exemplary notes from Nigel Simeone, complete an outstanding release' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The playing of these two wonderful pianists is flawlessly gauged and concentrated, with Osborne's high-speed, lucid playing in the finale, as it shifts into overdrive in its final section, out of this world' (The Herald)

'Osborne and Roscoe play with dazzling splendour' (Manchester Evening News)

Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas
composer
1935

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Paul Dukas died in 1935. Henry Prunières, the editor of La Revue musicale, asked a group of Dukas’s friends and former pupils to write short works to be published in a memorial volume. ‘Le tombeau de Paul Dukas’ was published as the musical supplement to La Revue musicale in May–June 1936; it included Messiaen’s striking homage to his teacher, entitled simply Pièce, along with works by eight other composers (among them Falla, Rodrigo and Florent Schmitt). Messiaen wrote his contribution for the ‘tombeau’ before returning to Paris for the start of the new academic year in October 1935. Many years later, he described its musical language:

My piece is quite simple: it uses mode 3 in its first transposition, whose orange, white and gold light perpetually falls onto a long dominant seventh. It is static, solemn and stark, like a huge block of stone.

The piece was first performed at the Ecole Normale on 25 April 1936, in a concert which included all nine contributions to ‘Le tombeau de Paul Dukas’. The pianist was another Dukas pupil, Joaquín Nin-Culmell (1908–2004); a few months later Messiaen played his own piece, as well as those by Rodrigo and Falla, at a concert in Lyon on 11 January 1937.

from notes by Nigel Simeone © 2004

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