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In 1933, Messiaen wrote a piece for violin and piano to play in concerts with Claire. The Fantaisie was long thought to have been lost, but it was rediscovered by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen among the composer’s papers, and published early in 2007 by Durand. The first known performance – listed as the ‘1re audition’ in the Guide du Concert – took place at the Schola Cantorum in Paris on 18 March 1935, played by Delbos and Messiaen. Composed at the same time as L’Ascension, it is a freer work than the Theme and VariationsFantaisie develops and repeats these three ideas, ending with a passionate restatement of the arching theme, and a quick coda which ends the piece with robust and traditional G major chords.

from notes by Nigel Simeone © 2008


Messiaen: Chamber Works
SIGCD126Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD126 track 1

Recording date
19 February 2008
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Rachel Smith
Recording engineer
Peter Newble
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  1. Messiaen: Chamber Works (SIGCD126)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 2008
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