Music Web International
Stephen Greenbank
Music Web International-february-20-2024-7722
In fact, this new Aeolus venture offers more immediate and vivid sound quality, and nudges itself into first place. Mark Steinbach offers a wealth of lofty insights and a tremendous variety of colour and shadings to this magnificent score. I would highly recommend it.

It’s one of the greatest solo organ works ever composed. Messiaen’s  is a nine-movement depiction of the birth of Christ. These nine meditations are shot through with Catholic symbolism, contemplating each element of the Christmas story. Messiaen had recently assumed the post of ‘’ organist at La Trinité in Paris when the work was born. His association with the famous Cavaillé-Coll instrument there would endure for some sixty years until his death. He penned  near Grenoble in the summer of 1935, and the work received its premiere at La Trinité on 27 February 1936. Messiaen had in mind the rich orchestral sonorities of La Trinité’s magnificent organ when he conceived the work. [...]

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