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O. Messiaen's "Harawi" to be performed at the Latvian National Library

On November 6, 2018 at 6PM a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s vocal cycle for soprano and piano Harawi – Song of Love and Death will take place at the Latvian National Library top floor concert hall. The refined and rarely performed gem of vocal chamber music will be interpreted by Marie Elisabeth Seager (mezzo-soprano, France) and Toms Ostrovskis (piano, Latvia).

The oeuvre of the 20th century mystic, ornithologist, philosopher and composer Olivier Messiaen is often considered highbrow, too complicated for casual concertgoers – in his time listeners were surprised, even shocked by his pieces. However, the deeply emotional and communicative musical language ensures the rightful, eternal place of his opuses in the chamber music hall of fame. It is possible that his vocal chamber music pieces are the most intimate and expressive of his creations; their realm is extremely fragile and intricate, capturing in sound the most striking contrasts – the mundane and the eternal, the spiritual and the carnal, life and death.


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