No discussion of new music is complete without the name Olivier Messiaen. On the 100th anniversary of the birth of this composer, teacher (of Boulez, Xenakis, and Stockhausen to name a few) and ornithologist, host Terrance McKnight draws upon a collective of voices recently recorded live in the WNYC studios. We immerse ourselves in Messiaen's deep, loving theology; his lifelong fascination with birds (or what he called "God's messengers"), and his kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Guests include conductor (and Messiaen's friend) Reinbert de Leeuw, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and hornist/scholar William Purvis.
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