Messiaen Nativity


 The Cavaillé-Coll grand organ of Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, where Olivier Messiaen was titular, 1931-92  

The Nativity of the Lord

Listen to this major work by Olivier Messiaen on Pipedreams

Click here for the entire programme for which there is introductory material by Paul Manz playing his own prelude on Christmas themes on the 1965 Schlicker organ of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.

Or instead of the entire programme choose individual selections

La Vergine et l'enfant (The Virgin and Child) performed by Rudolf Innig  on the 1949 Wicks organ of St. Mary's Basilica, Minneapolis, MN.  Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 14:45 (14 minutes and 45 seconds).

Les Bergers (The Shepherds) performed by Olivier Messiaen and Jennifer Bates on the organ of L'Église de la Trinité, Paris.   Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 21:27 (21 minutes and 27 seconds).

Les Desseins éternels (The Eternal Purposes) performed by Paul Jacobs on the 1949 Wicks organ of St. Mary's Basilica, Minneapolis, MN.  Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 30:37 (30 minutes and 37 seconds).

Le Verbe (The Word) performed by Wolfgang Rübsam on the 1880 Cavaillé-Coll organ of Holy Cross Cathedral, Orleans, France.  Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 35:57 (35 minutes and 57 seconds).

Les Enfants de Dieu (The Children of God) performed by Marie-Claire Alain on the 1977 Kuhn of Lucerne Cathedral, Switzerland.  Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 49:22 (49 minutes and 22 seconds).        

Les Anges (The Angels) performed by Erik Boström on the 1949 Marcussen organ of the Oscar Church, Stockholm.   Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 55:04 (55 minutes and 4 seconds).

Jesus accepte la souffrance (Jesus accepts suffering) performed by Gillian Weir on the 1928 Frobenius organ of Århus Cathedral, Denmark.  Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 58:40(58 minutes and 40 seconds).

Les Mages (The Magi) performed by Hans-Ola Ericsson on the 1987 Grönlund organ of Luleá Cathedral, Sweden.  Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 1:04:36 (1 hour, 4 minutes and 36 seconds).

Dieu parmi nous (God Among Us) performed by Olivier Latry on the 1868 Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.  Click here, then click on Listen to Program, then click and hold button and slide it to 1:12:38 (1 hour, 12 minutes and 38 seconds).