11 Jul 2016

Messiaen meditation on the hereafter a first for NZSO and NYO

From Upbeat, 1:20 pm on 11 July 2016
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The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and NZSO National Youth Orchestra in rehearsal with Sir Andrew Davis, to perform Messiaen's 'Illuminations of the Beyond'

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and NZSO National Youth Orchestra in rehearsal with Sir Andrew Davis, to perform Messiaen's 'Illuminations of the Beyond' Photo: RNZ/Hannah Darroch

Dominic Groom reviews a rare performance of Messiaen's last major orchestral work Illuminations of the Beyond. This was a landmark performance for several reasons: the debut here of British maestro Sir Andrew Davis, and the first time the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra had performed together. The work is a monster, requiring over 120 players.