Composed and first performed in the stalags of the Second World War, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is recognised as one of the 20th century’s classical musical masterpieces.
In this short video pianist Steven Osborne, who has programmed our upcoming International Chamber Music Series recital of Messiaen’s great work, and clarinettist Jean Johnson describe the depth and beauty of the Quartet for the End of Time.
Ahead of their performance alongside James Ehnes (violin) and Alban Gerhardt (cello), the pair expand on the deeper significance of the work’s composition, and its incredible juxtaposition of light birdsong, and the darkness of the great abyss.
Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was performed as part of our International Chamber Music Series. Take a look at upcoming chamber and recital performances at Southbank Centre.