Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen is one of the most haunting pieces for two pianos ever written. Messiaen was better than anyone at giving 20th-century Catholicism its own voice. In seven ‘Amen movements’ he goes through the mysteries of creation and faith, treading the fine line between brutal force and fragile amazement.
Honegger’s Symphonie Liturgique is also a masterful balance of different moods. The sounds of the Second World War resonate fiercely through the work, but even more intense is its profound sense of longing for peace. Dmitri Shostakovich himself thought so highly of this symphony that he made a version of it for two pianos.
Arthur Honegger: Symphonie Liturgique arr. Dmitri Sjostakovitsj
Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen
INTRO (in Dutch) Jan Christiaens – 19:45
Severin von Eckardstein & Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort
Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort and Severin von Eckardstein are two big names on the Belgian music scene, especially since their glorious performances in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2007 and 2003. Since 2011, these two good friends have also performed as a piano duo. This programme of two monumental masterpieces constitutes a new milestone in their collaboration.