Ensemble Intercontemporain – Lucerne Academy Alumni – Matthias Pintscher director – Hidéki Nagano piano – Jean-Christophe Vervoitte horn – Gilles Durot glockenspiel – Samuel Favre xylorimba – Ann Veronica Janssens visual creation
Des Canyons aux Etoiles Olivier Messiaen
Since time immemorial, nature has inspired artists in their most impressive works. For a composer like Olivier Messiaen, the impressive discovery of the American canyons of Utah needed to take on a mystical dimension. Indeed, what more beautiful expression of the omnipotence and eternity of the Creator than such a vast, perilous and desolate landscape? Written on the occasion of the bicentenary of American Independence Day, Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles… is a monumental work, made up of twelve movements. The musicians of the Ensemble intercontemporain invite you to travel, to experience a spiritual ascension, from terrestrial finiteness to celestial eternity.