Information about the programme
A milestone of 20th-century chamber music and a top-notch blend of high and applied art: this programme deftly combines two completely different musical universes. Olivier Messiaen’s 45-minute mystical vision of the “end of time”, inspired by his reading of the Book of Revelation, leads the listener into a realm of the eternal and infinite. This meditation, brought about with ingenious rhythmic devices, contrasts with the first part of the programme under the banner of “lived music”. Here the Jewish-American composer Paul Schoenfield (1947- ) draws on a wide range of musical experiences – jazz, klezmer, ancient Hassidic melodies – combining them with classical stylistic elements and instrumental virtuosity.