Heard some very fine music this weekend: Turangalila and the Quartet for the End of Time, both by the French master Olivier Messiaen. I don't do reviews on this blog, and I won't start now. But I will say that the Seattle Symphony really outdid itself on the huge orchestral work Turangalila. I have heard this piece so many times, but never live. It has so many wonderful colors and textures, and they crash into each other with such force, yet with such grace. I found it thrilling.
The Quartet was performed the net night by SSO players, and they did a very good job. It's is a very emotional piece for me, and it never fails to draw me in. Congrats to the musicians and t the SSO for their programming and commitment to recently-new-music.