Connections: The Music of Olivier Messiaen and His Students
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Thoughtful pairings showing the influence of Olivier Messiaen as a teacher and composer.

Olivier Messiaen was one of the most influential teachers of the 20th century. He taught an international group of students who would go on to become influential composers and musical leaders, including William Bolcom, Karlheinz Stockhausn, Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen, Iannis Xenakis, Quincy Jones, and the three composers on this recording. Pianist Matthew Odell demonstrates the importance of Messiaen's teaching contrasting his music with three of Messiaen's students. Matthew Odell has won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. In addition to performances in Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall, Mr. Odell has appeared at major venues around the world, including Paris, London, Moscow, and Helsinki, among many others. Mr. Odell served on the coaching faculty of the Académie internationale d'été in Nice, France.
Contents:
Olivier Messiaen, composer
Cloches d'angoisses et larmes d'adieu (from Préludes)
Matthew Odell (piano)

Tristan Murail, composer
Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire
Matthew Odell (piano)

Pierre Boulez, composer
Douze Notations
Matthew Odell (piano)

Olivier Messiaen, composer
Petites esquisses d'oiseaux
Matthew Odell (piano)

Michel Merlet, composer
Jeu de quartes
Matthew Odell (piano)

Michel Merlet, composer
Passacaille et fugue, Op. 36
Matthew Odell (piano)

Olivier Messiaen, composer
Regard de l'Esprit de joie (from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus)
Matthew Odell (piano)

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