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|Messiaen||Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1941)|
‘And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever … that there should be time no longer’
Revelation of St John the Divine
Messiaen’s otherworldly Quartet for the End of Time, famously composed in the prisoner-of-war camp Stalag VIII A and premiered outside in freezing rain, was inspired by the Book of Revelation. Here the march of progressive time is forgotten, the focus turned on eternal, unchanging divinity.
For this performance, artist-in-residence Hugo Ticciati is joined by three outstanding musicians of his generation, cellist Torleif Thedéen, UK pianist Alasdair Beatson and clarinettist-composer Mark Simpson, for this meditation on an ecstasy of stasis, where ‘all is love’.
Hugo Ticciati, artist-in-residence for Time Unwrapped, also performs:
21 Jan Portrait – Hugo Ticciati & Friends
2 Mar Alternate Time Flows – Dame Evelyn Glennie & O/Modernt Quartet
11 May Time Stands Still – Hugo Ticciati, Víkingur Ólafsson & Miyoko Shida Rigolo
21 Sep Looping Time – Hugo Ticciati & O/Modernt
1 Dec Mozart’s Requiem – Hugo Ticciati, O/Modernt, VOCES8 & soloists