Harriet Clifford

Messiaen: Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité – Organ CD Review

9:51, 25th October 2019

Messiaen: Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité
Tom Winpenny, Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík
Naxos 8.573979 [71:19]

Tom Winpenny continues his impressive Messiaen cycle with the 1969 Méditations. This large nine-movement work marked a turning point for the composer after the austerity and experimentalism of the 1950s. Although the genesis of this work was a series of improvisations to mark the centenary of Messiaen’s own church in Paris La Trinité, the first performance was held in Washington, DC. I cannot help feeling that the well-travelled Messiaen would have approved of the Klais organ in the Icelandic capital. It renders all the colours with forthright clarity and an atmospheric resonance heightened by Winpenny’s thoughtful pacing. Rounded off with Winpenny’s well-judged sleeve notes, this series of Messiaen recordings just gets better and better.


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