Stephen Moore, Llandaff Cathedral’s Director of Music, plays Olivier Messiaen’s important and influential work La Nativite du Seigneur. This 9-movement cycle, interspersed with readings and prayers, is the perfect way to prepare for the coming of Christ.
La Nativite is arguably one of the most important organ works of the twentieth century. Its devotional nature is remarkably direct, for Messiaen possessed a deep-rooted faith and theological insight which gave a strongly spiritual dimension to all his work. Although not initially a part of the Parisian organ tradition, Messiaen grew up artistically within it and came to explore the organ’s sonorities and tonalities in a radically different way.
The 2010/13 Nicholson Organ at Llandaff Cathedral is the perfect vehicle for this music, sometimes peaceful, sometimes dramatic, but always powerful in its voice.