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Harawi (mode310​/​311)

by Olivier Messiaen

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Frank Wilke It is hard to imagine presenting this music more convincingly than in this performance. The musical collaboration between the two artists is of the highest quality and the result is simply fascinating.
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Montagnes 03:30
Adieu 08:00
Syllabes 06:16
Dans le noir 07:23


Harawi (chant d’amour et de mort) (1945)

Harawi is a cycle of twelve songs scored for soprano and piano composed in 1945. Harawi (known to Spanish speakers as yaraví) designates a song about a fated love that ends in the death of both lovers. Messiaen remarked that “it is the story of Tristan and Isolde.”

The surrealistic text of Harawi is Messiaen’s own. Using the musical structures Messiaen had created for Harawi, he built massive phrases in these songs, expanding space and time, creating extreme tenderness, vastness, clarity and abysses.

In Harawi both lovers are not only human, but beings, which transform again and again. Destruction, pain, death, creation, joy, dance and love are not final — they are all everchanging particles of our interwoven cosmic existence.


released May 12, 2020

Sarah Maria Sun, soprano
Stefka Perifanova, piano

Produced by: Matthias Schneider-Hollek and Sarah Maria Sun
Executive Producer: Brian Brandt
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Matthias Schneider-Hollek
Recording: Zurich, Switzerland in March 2018
Art direction: Brian Brandt
Cover photos: Rüdiger Schestag
Pronunciation adviser: Florie Valiquette
Liner notes: ©Siglind Bruhn and Sarah Maria Sun
Translation of Siglind Bruhn’s Analysis: ©Siglind Bruhn
Translation of song texts: ©Sarah Maria Sun
Published by: Alphonse Leduc
LP lacquer cutting: Moritz Illner, Duophonic, Germany
LP pressing: Pallas, Germany


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