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    Messiaen is a composer I happen to be exploring a bit at the moment. I find his work fascinating but challenging at the same time - some aspects really draw me in but others strike me as abrasive. I find I really have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to his music, and need to be free of distractions and able to give it my full attention. I've known the Quator pour le fin du temps for many years and it remains a favorite, but I also like the Concert á Quatre and have been enjoying discovering Saint Francois d'Assise, which I think is an amazing and under-appreciated work.

    I actually also just purchased a copy of Des canyons aux étoiles based on some of the recommendations on this forum. I was already familiar with, and love the eighth movement from a CD of selections that I owned. Unfortunately I haven't been able to give the full work the time and attention it deserves for a comprehensive listening yet, but it's high on my list.
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    I started listening to it a while ago but never finished. There's some really cool effects and sonorities, for sure, but for an hour-and-a-half-long piece there's not enough contrast in it for my liking. Nothing really "jumped out" at me like passages in earlier works of his such as L'Ascension, Turangalîla-Symphonie, and Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

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