Messiaen - Trois Mélodies & Harawi

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Messiaen - Trois Mélodies & Harawi



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30th Nov 2009




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Messiaen - Trois Mélodies & Harawi


Trois Mélodies

Harawi (Chants d'amour et de Mort)

Hetna Regitze Bruun (soprano) & Kristoffer Hyldig (piano)



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Messiaen’s song cycles Trois Mélodies (1930) and Harawi (1945) were both inspired by the loss of a loved one.

Mélodies are a memorial to his mother who had died three years previously, and Harawi was written shortly after his wife Claire Delbos had begun to suffer from the long illness that would ultimately lead to her death.

But far from resorting to misery, the shimmering beauty of Messiaen’s music leaves the listener with a sense of hope and transcendence.

Olivier Messiaen: 3 Melodies

No. 1. Pourquoi?

No. 2. Le sourire

No. 3. La fiancee perdue

Olivier Messiaen: Harawi

No. 1. La ville qui dormait, toi

No. 2. Bonjour toi, colombe verte

No. 3. Montagnes

No. 4. Doundou tchil

No. 5. L'amour de Piroutcha

No. 6. Repetition planetaire

No. 7. Adieu

No. 8. Syllabes

No. 9. L'escalier redit, gestes de soleil

No. 10. Amour oiseau d'etoile

No. 11. Katchikatchi les etoiles

No. 12. Dans le noir

Gramophone Magazine

April 2010

“The first thing to be said about Danish soprano Hetna Regitza Bruun is that she comes far closer to Messiaen's requested grand soprano dramatique than most of her rivals on record...Youthfulness is also a rare asset...Excellent French...allows the music to do the talking”

BBC Music Magazine

August 2010


“Hetna Regitze Bruun and Kristoffer Hyldig prove to be fine advocates of Messiaen's music: Hyldig displays a sure touch and a keen sense of colour, while Bruun has the range of expression and the vocal clout to convey both the radiant and the unsettling aspects of Messiaen's fevered imagination.”

Presto Classical

David Smith

June 2014

“Hetna Regitze Bruun’s voice is light and youthful-sounding, and Kristoffer Hyldig is a sensitive and flexible accompanist.”

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