"I saw a mighty angel descend from heaven, clad in mist." So begins Olivier Messiaen's introduction to this work, composed and premiered in a prisoner of war camp, which transcends its medium to become one of music's most powerful, life- changing experiences. Brahms in his most introspective mood, and Stravinsky nodding to the Classical style, lead to Messiaen's mesmerizing, mystical depiction of the apocalypse, amid bird calls, the sound of seven trumpets, and a final, hypnotic affirmation of immortality.
- Brahms Sonata in F minor for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120, No. 1 (1894)
- Stravinsky Suite italienne for Violin and Piano (1932)
- Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1940-41)
With great pride, CMS delivers the promised completion of its epic 50th Anniversary Season "Milestones" programming. This extended Winter Festival presents seven concerts headlined by works that altered the landscape of chamber music, in the company of complementary works, performed by the original casts of artists.