On this recording, Angela Hewitt presents not only her favourite works by Messiaen, but also gives the listener an idea of the development of his writing - all on a single disc.
The music of Olivier Messiaen immediately attracts our attention with its rhythm, variety of colour, technical brilliance, energy, joy, and spirituality. Audiences are rarely indifferent to it, and for many it has a very powerful effect.
The Préludes were written when Messiaen was still a student at the Paris Conservatoire, and are remarkable pieces for one so young.
Recorded in the Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany, on 21-23 January 1998