After hearing Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Debussy famously wrote: “It haunts me like a beautiful nightmare, and I’ve been trying in vain to recapture something of that terrible impression.” For pianist and Messiaen biographer Peter Hill, this is the phrase that comes to mind as we speak about Olivier Messiaen’s monumental Turangalîla-Symphonie– the French composer’s musical orgy of love, ecstasy and death, which the Australian World Orchestra and students from the Australian National Academy of Music will...

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