Cinq Rechants, for 12 singers (3 sopranos, 3 altos, 3 tenors, 3 basses), composed 1948.
Recorded 1967 by ‘Le Madrigal’ Ensemble, conducted by Jean-Paul Kreder
01 Hayo kapritama la li la li la li la ssaréno (04:20)
02 Ma première fois terre terre l’éventail déployé (02:53)
03 Ma robe d’amour mon amour ma prison d’amour (04:09)
04 Niokhamâ palalane sou-kî mon bouquet tout défait rayonne (02:08)
05 Mayoma kalimolimo tes yeux voyagent dans le passé (03:47)
Total time: 17:11
This was a free, not for sale mini-CD, given away by Philips in french record stores, 2002. The ‘Cinq Rechants’ (meaning 5 refrains) were composed 1948, as part of a Tristan and Isolde trilogy (the trilogy included Turangalîla-symphonie and the Harawi song cycle), when Messiaen’s first wife Claire Delbos (pictured above), was institutionalized for mental breakdown, until her death in 1959. The texts for the Cinq Rechants were created by Messiaen using quotations from Tristan’s french translations and pseudo-transcriptions from sanscrit, probably form books Messiaen had been reading. The result is a cut-up of sort, sometimes reminiscent of Magma’s kobbayan language. The music is inspired by non-european rhythms (peruvian harawi, medieval troubadours songs, indian deçi-tâlas) and infused with Messiaen’s modal technique of non-retrogradable composition. Though written for choir, the songs are full of rhythmic complexities, twists and turns. A totally unique song cycle in Messiaen’s oeuvre. More info here.
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