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Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

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A Philharmonia quartet on stage at the Royal Festival Hall


Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay – violin
Karen Stephenson – cello
Mark van de Wiel – clarinet
Tom Poster – piano


Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time Listen

Hear one of the essential compositions of the twentieth century performed by four musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra in this free early evening concert.

The quartet was written in a German prisoner of war camp in 1941, and premiered by Messiaen and three fellow-prisoners. Recalling that first performance, to an audience of 400 prisoners and guards, the composer said: “Never have I been listened to with such rapt attention and understanding”.

Taking its imagery from the biblical Book of Revelation, the music is by turns ecstatic and apocalyptic, troubled and serene.

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Ticket required

Running time

55 minutes

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

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Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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