Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time Performed by Carter Brey, Anthony McGill, Alan Gilbert & Inon Barnatan

“[A] nuanced and heart-wrenching performance,” we read. More:

    Inspired by texts from the Book of Revelation, the work was composed during Messiaen’s internment in a German prisoner-of-war camp and was first performed by and for fellow prisoners in 1941. The Met’s Temple of Dendur provides the solemn setting for a work the New Yorker calls “the most ethereally beautiful music of the twentieth century.”
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