Messiaen: Harawi (Chant d’amour et de mort)

Messiaen’s magnificent, twelve-movement song cycle brings together Peruvian mythology, symbolist poetry, and the love-death drama of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, sung by the Dutch soprano Charlotte Riedijk.

Joanna MacGregor is a superlative accompanist, if that is the correct word in a piece where the piano plays such an essential and equal partnership with the voice…MacGregor projects power in an irresistible fashion.
MusicWeb International

Harawi is actually much closer to the Turangalîla-Symphonie than it is to the Quartet or Vingt Regards…. its primary distinguishing feature is the sheer variety of piano textures. So, here again we have glassy static chords, nervous fractured textures and unexpected consonant sonorities appearing seemingly from nowhere. Listening to Charlotte Riedijk, you could swear that she is born and bred French, such is her mastery of the language. The clarity of her diction is a valuable asset, as is the sheer power of her tone.
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