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    Default olivier messiaen complete organ works

    I wish sutch things exit , because i heard one of his organ work on naxos and i have cosmos consciousness and i came to the following conclusion Messiaen was one of the best and most brilliant organist ever.

    Does a box-set exist for his organ work only?

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    Yes.


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    And there's this one. I have a number of the Bate recordings on separate discs and she was no slouch either.

    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Or you could go whole-hog, as we like to say down here in the southern USA:



    and get the complete Messiaen. The organ works are played by Olivier Latry at Notre-Dame. I haven't listened to the organ works yet, but I couldn't give an informed opinion anyway, however everything I have listened to so far from this set has been a fine performance and the sound is great.

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    Oliver Latry as Mahlerian and Mr T suggests is the Top choice recommendation... Gillian Weir, Jen Bate and Hans-Ola Ericsson are also fine but slightly inconsistent seen over the whole cycle (I believe Ericsson's releases on BIS (not Brilliant) are the most complete set, but I may be proven wrong), Messiaen's own EMI set is also an interesting listen, but one has to be prepared for the "period" sound.. Also, Weir's earlier DECCA/Argo recordings, 2 CD's worth and some of her best playing from the sixties! (out on Eloquence)

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    There is a 17 CD set on Brilliant Classics that includes organ and piano works. And songs.
    http://www.amazon.com/Olivier-Messia...words=messiaen

    Good to see the Bate set re-issued, as the old Regis set is going for 100 dollars.
    I bought a used copy last year for around 25.

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