Turangalîla Symphony

Olivier Messiaen's “Turangalîla” Symphony is closely connected with his intensive occupation with the Tristan saga. Inspired by the Tristan saga, Messiaen had set himself the task of depicting love in three different guises, which, according to Messiaen, “go beyond the physical and even the spiritual form, expanding into a cosmic proportion”. The title is a combination of two Sanskrit words: “Turanga”, which stands for time, and “Lila”, which literally means love or play. The multi-leveled quality and the richly nuanced variety of meanings in the title correspond to the overdimensional symphony, which in its 10 movements depicts a kaleidoscope of the many forms of love and ultimately concludes in a fulminating apotheosis of love.