Composed while he was a prisoner of war, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time seems to touch the far edges of human experience.
It is the most open and vulnerable of all his compositions, its religious certainties balanced with a palpable sense of longing.
Celebrated pianist Kristian Chong teams up once again with his friends from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, co-concertmaster Sophie Rowell, cellist Josephine Vains and clarinettist Philip Arkinstall to bring this astonishing work to life. And to open this performance, Kristian will play the beautiful ‘The kiss of the Infant Jesus’ from the Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, Messiaen’s greatest piano work.
Presented by Kristian Chong & Friends
from Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus: (20 Regards on the infant Jesus)
XV. Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus (The kiss of the infant Jesus)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)
Kristian Chong piano
Sophie Rowell violin
Josephine Vains cello
Philip Arkinstall clarient
This production is part of the following series:
Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.
Monday 21 September 2020 6pm
Duration: 1 hour 15 mins (no interval)
Standard $45 ($29 Concession)
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