Matthew Schellhorn


Messiaen: Chamber Works

British pianist Matthew Schellhorn is joined by the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra in this recording of Olivier Messiaen's chamber works, including the eight-movement masterpiece Quatuor pour la fin du Temps, written while the composer was a prisoner of war and premiered in 1941 at the Stalag VIIIA camp in Silesia.
A sublime performance ... a heart-stoppingly beautiful performance ... The instrumental blend is gorgeous ... the effect is overwhelming listeners who love Quatuor pour la fin du Temps owe it to themselves to hear this stellar version."
AllMusic Classical Editors' Favourites of 2008

International Record Review
"Matthew Schellhorn and soloists of the Philharmonia orchestra offer a fine, solid ensemble performance. The music for the full quartet is very well done indeed and the performance is technically assured throughout. Signum has provided a clear recorded sound ... luxuriantly expressive ... The effect is powerful and chilling."

"The main find is Signum’s first recording of a miniature sight-reading test piece from 1934 – gentle, lullaby-like, with enough harmonic density to keep students alert. This, together with Le merle noir and the late movement for piano quintet, completes a worthwhile and distinctive release."

BBC Music Magazine
"A marvellous performance of the recently rediscovered Fantaisie for violin and piano. The disc also has the first recording of Morceau de lecture à vue, an utterly charming sight-reading piece from 1934. Schellhorn naturally passes the test with flying colours. Fine performances ... by turns poetic and dramatic ... compelling. Schellhorn’s playing is a major asset."

"What binds this recording together is the excellent playing of pianist Schellhorn, praised in the notes by Loriod herself. His keyboard performances fascinate and enliven the ear and mind."

MusicWeb International
"Listening to Matthew Schellhorn and the soloists from the Philharmonia made me feel close to the spirit of “simple” faith that must have shone through the spartan conditions in which it was first played."


1. Fantaisie 8.59

Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
2. Liturgie de cristal 2.37
3. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps 5.04
4. Abîme des oiseaux 8.21
5. Intermède 1.48
6. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus 7.26
7. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes 6.08
8. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps 7.21
9. Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus 6.56

10. Le Merle noir 6.24

11. Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes [3.07]

12. Morceau de lecture à vue World Premiere Recording

Signum Classics SIGCD126

Matthew Schellhorn (piano)

Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra:
James Clark (violin)
Philippe Honoré (violin)
Rachel Roberts (viola)
David Cohen (cello)
Kenneth Smith (flute)
Barnaby Robson (clarinet)
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