Renaud Capuçon, Kian Soltani, Pascal Moraguès, and Hélène Mercier interpret Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Aix-en -Provence Easter Festival 2022

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Renaud Capuçon — Violinist

Kian Soltani — Cellist

Pascal Moraguès — Clarinetist

Hélène Mercier — Pianist

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An all-star quartet awaits you at the 2022 Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival as virtuosos Renaud Capuçon (violin), Kian Soltani (cello), Pascal Moraguès (clarinet), and Hélène Mercier (piano), all standouts in their fields, team up for an unforgettable interpretation of one of the greatest masterworks of 20th-century music: Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time).

The former Camp des Milles in Aix-en-Provence, where this concert was recorded, is the site of a former internment camp during World War II that has served as a war memorial since 1993. This choice of location takes on added resonance when we consider the genesis of the work being performed: Messiaen composed (and premiered) the quartet while imprisoned in a concentration camp in Görlitz. The Quartet for the End of Time serves as a haunting testament to the sparks of profound humanity that flourished amidst the horrors of war.

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