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Alice Sara Ott & Friends

Alice Sara Ott & Friends: Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time: a film by Andrew Staples.

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Pianist Alice Sara Ott is joined by three of her closest musical friends – Sebastian Manz (clarinet), Thomas Reif (violin) and Sebastian Klinger (cello) – in one of the most evocative works in the chamber music repertoire, Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. This film is a synesthetic immersion created by musician and cinematographer Andrew Staples, who seeks to allow the viewer to experience Messiaen's hallucinations during the music's composition in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. Staples uses iridescence, light projection, and layered contemporary contexts to breathe life into this emotional reading, bridging the past to our present - which seems nearer than we hoped to the darknesses of this piece's creation.

Original title Alice Sara Ott & Friends: Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time - A Film by Andrew Staples
Recording date 23/06/2023
Duration 52 Min
Director Andrew Staples
Production Company Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Co-Production Company Classical Productions Ltd.
Original title of music work Quatuor pour la fin du temps
English title of music work Quartet for the End of Time
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Soloists Alice Sara Ott (Piano), Sebastian Klinger (Cello), Sebastian Manz (Clarinet), Thomas Reif (Violin)

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