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Pianist Marc-André Hamelin

Gimeno Conducts Messiaen’s Epic Turangalîla

Thu, May 4 & Fri, May 5, 2023 Roy Thomson Hall

“It is a love song, a hymn to joy; love that is fatal, irresistible, transcending everything, suppressing everything outside; joy that is superhuman, overwhelming, blinding, unlimited”—this was Olivier Messiaen’s description for his epic and mind-blowing Turangalîla-symphonie. Scored for a colossal orchestra, and featuring powerhouse solo roles for both piano and ondes Martenot (an early theremin-like electronic instrument with an otherworldly sound), it’s equal parts mesmerizing, fearlessly imaginative, surreal, and ecstatic—and is quite possibly the most unique experience you’ll ever have in a concert hall. First recorded by the TSO in 1968, Gustavo Gimeno leads these once-in-a-lifetime concerts (and live-recording) at Roy Thomson Hall.

Program

Messiaen

Turangalîla-Symphonie

TSO Live Recording

Performers

TSO Music Director Gustavo Gimeno

Gustavo Gimeno

conductor
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin

piano

Nathalie Forget

ondes Martenot
Gimeno Conducts Messiaen’s Epic Turangalîla is Part of:

Thursday 2

Seven Thursday concerts at 8:00pm
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