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Yvonne Loriod (1924-2010) – Pianist

Yvonne Loriod in 1967 (NY Times)

Yvonne LoriodYvonne Loriod, pianist, and wife of the late Olivier Messiaen, passed away last week in Paris. She was 86.

Had there not been an Yvonne Loriod, much of Messian’s great piano music might not have been, for much of it was written for her.

Her recorded performances are formidable … powerful.  Another chapter on 20th century music closes.

»Obituary in the NY Times

»Daily Telegraph Obituary

»The Guardian Obituary

Hear her 1956 recording of number 20 from Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus:

XX – Regard de L’Eglise D’Amour 

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From “Des Canyons aux étoiles…” (9th movement) Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, piano

Louis Andriessen on MFOM

Louis Andriessen

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen is being celebrated at a number of concert venues in New York city this week, and last. (Here’s more information about the Andriessen mini-festival in NYC: »link )

Which leaves us to wonder why NYC and not San Francisco? Andriessen’s music continues to be an important influence on many younger composers. And his influence is felt world wide. Much of his music from the 1980′s and 90′s broke with many European and academic traditions, and to this day still sounds new.

One of my favorite Andriessen works, from 1980, is de Tijd (Time). Extended chords held by a choir are punctuated by brass and percussion outbursts .. the weight of the sound builds, like some heavy, powerful machine plodding forward, step by step thru some force field. I had forgotten how much I liked this piece until I started thinking about putting an Andriessen work on this week’s MUSIC FROM OTHER MINDS program. It’s 43 minutes long, but it could go on forever.

After some further digging, trying to come up with a 10 minute piece to follow de Tijd, I found 3 a cappella songs by Philip Glass, on a new re-release on Orange Mountain Music.  The texts are by Leonard Cohen, Raymond Levesque, and Octavio Paz. Powerful enough on their own, it rounded out the program perfectly.

You can hear the program here: 

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