Messiaen Pentecost

 Anthony Van Dyck, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, c.1620

Olivier Messiaen: Music for Pentecost


Click to go to Olivier Messiaen, La Messe de la Pentecôte (as well as  L'Ascension) performed by Naji Hakim on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of l'Église de la Trinité, Paris (the organ of which Messiaen was titular for 66 years).  

Listen to two of the movements performed by other organists.  To hear Les Langues de feu performed by Erik Boström on the 1949 Marcussen organ of the Oscar Church, Stockholm, click here then click on "Listen to the Program," then hold button and slide to 33:30 (33 minutes and 30 seconds). To hear Le Vent de l'Espirit performed by Haskell Thomson on the 2001 Fisk organ of Oberlin College, click here then click on "Listen to the Program," then hold button and slide it to 55:18 (55 minutes and 18 seconds).