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Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)

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Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)

Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 211 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:01:36
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0825646011360

Their Warner Classics debut makes clear that Christina & Michelle Naughton show great imagination in their programming: Messiaen's mystical and epic Visions de l'Amen, composed during World War II, appears alongside John Adams' boisterous and percussive Hallelujah Junction, inspired by a truck stop on the border of Nevada and California. The CD is completed with J.S. Bach's serenely moving Gotttes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, in an arrangement by the contemporary Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag.

The twin-sister duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton have made a deep splash since graduating from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and coming on the scene in 2008. They've recorded conventional duo-piano repertory and succeeded through sheer charisma, but they break through to a new level with this innovatively programmed album that takes its title from its opening work, Messiaen's ecstatic Visions de l'amen (Visions of Amen), composed in 1943. This is one of Messiaen's epic works of the World War II years, perhaps less often heard than the likes of Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus due to its unusual genre, and the Naughton sisters absolutely blow it away with a rare combination of technical brilliance and deep musical communion. Sample the finale, "Amen de la Consommation" (track 7), for an amazing bit of spiritual intensity from artists so young. The entr'acte, an arrangement of "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeir" from Bach's Cantata No. 106, is a lovely, static nod to the sisters' traditional training, and then it's on to John Adams' rollicking and thoroughly enjoyable Hallelujah Junction, which somehow fits perfectly with the sisters' pop-star images. Beautifully recorded at a studio at Boston's WGBH radio, this is one of the most satisfying duo piano recordings in recent memory.

Review by James Manheim, Allmusic.com

Four years after their impressive debut release on Orfeo, the twin-sister piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton begin a relationship with Warner Classics on an audacious note, or, more accurately, in a veritable avalanche of notes via Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen. After all, this is a challenging work packed with textural thickets and deceptively tricky rhythms, yet few duos can resist its potential for sonorous splendour and wide ranging tone-colour.

Just about everything comes together in this recording. The Naughton twins don’t take the opening movement’s très lent directive at face value (the composer and his wife Yvonne Loriod were similarly speedy!), but they pull you in with their assiduously gradual, painstakingly incremental dynamic build-up. No 2’s declamatory octaves and pedal-enveloped chords line up in ideal foreground/background perspective, although the second piano’s long opening solo doesn’t distinguish the articulations to the degree heard in the Osborne-Roscoe, Oppens-Lowenthal and Serkin-Takahashi recordings.

However, No 3’s accented antiphonal chords are seamlessly synchronised. No 4’s slow sections have an attractive lilting quality that helps propel the music forwards, while a graceful, slightly understated rendition of the long second piano solo downplays the music’s tawdry, sickly sweet underbelly (I usually can’t hear this without wincing). The duo also make No 7’s ecstatic bells and whistles less heavy and pompous than usual, simply by playing the music fast and lightly.

György Kurtág’s four-hand arrangement of Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit follows as a welcome palate cleanser, but why isn’t Kurtág credited in the booklet-notes or content listings? Lastly, John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction features nicely pointed canonic interplay and discreet pedalling, qualities that bring out the music’s inherently balletic nature. Clear and carefully balanced engineering further seals an enthusiastic recommendation.

Review by Jed Distler, Gramophone

Christina & Michelle Naughton - Visions: Olivier Messiaen, J.S. Bach, John Adams (2016)



Tracklist:

Olivier Messiaen

01. Visions de l'Amen - I. Amen de la Creation (05:23)
02. Visions de l'Amen - II. Amen des etoiles de la planete a l'anneau (05:05)
03. Visions de l'Amen - III. Amen de l'agonie de Jesus (07:20)
04. Visions de l'Amen - IV. Amen du Desir (09:48)
05. Visions de l'Amen - V. Amen des Anges, des Saints, du chant des oiseaux (07:28)
06. Visions de l'Amen - VI. Amen du Jugement (02:52)
07. Visions de l'Amen - VII. Amen de la Consommation (06:20)

Johann Sebastian Bach

08. Sonatina from Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 'Actus Tragicus' (03:01)

John Adams

09. Hallelujah Junction - I. (06:41)
10. Hallelujah Junction - II. (02:15)
11. Hallelujah Junction - III. (05:21)


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