This performance gets the balance between the blistering, ecstatic intensity and the static moments of contemplation exactly right, presenting all the rhythmic and harmonic layers with perfect clarity, while Osborne's accounts of the three earlier solo pieces are a real bonus The Guardian

Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen

Steven Osborne piano I
Martin Roscoe piano II
60'41 | Hyperion Records CDA67366

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RECORD(S) OF THE YEAR 2004
The Sunday Times


Roscoe's piano handles most of the thematic material and the piano's lower reaches; Osborne supplies the iridescent details. Clarity and rhythmic precision cannot be faulted
The Times

These pianists have a marvellous accord in Messiaen's amazing, clangorous, rapturous, visionary jamboree. Only a pile-up of adjectives, to which should be added coruscating and addictively dithyrambic, could do justice
The Sunday Times

Played with an ear-tweaking sensitivity and gripping sense of theatre. Exceptionally fine sound, and exemplary notes from Nigel Simeone, complete an outstanding release
Classic FM Magazine

There is much to savour in Osborne and Roscoe's performance, captured in typically superlative Hyperion sound
BBC Music Magazine

The precision and muscular virtuosity of Osborne's and Roscoe's playing is exactly what breathes life into the explicitly 'visionary' character of the work… The performance is lucid in conception and illuminating in its realization. Never laboured, it's marked throughout by a sense of ease, as well as by a sure sense of structure, of rhythmic detail, and of the diverse function and significance of each of the many layers in its complex 'mix'
International Record Review

The playing of these two wonderful pianists is flawlessly gauged and concentrated, with Osborne's high-speed, lucid playing in the finale, as it shifts into overdrive in its final section, out of this world
The Herald

Osborne and Roscoe play with dazzling splendour
Manchester Evening News




Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen
  • Visions de l’Amen for two pianos
     

  • Amen de la création
      

  • Amen des étoiles, de la planète à l’anneau
     

  • Amen de l’agonie de Jésus
     

  • Amen du désir
     

  • Amen des anges, des saints, du chant des oiseaux
      

  • Amen du jugement
      

  • Amen de la consommation
      

  • Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas for solo piano
     

  • Rondeau for solo piano
     

  • Fantaisie burlesque for solo piano
     

 
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