|The largest piece by Messiaen is the 4 hour opera St. Francis||00h:00m:11s|
|When you study Messiaen, it stays in your head||00h:01m:26s|
Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw discusses working on pieces by Messiaen
Born in Amsterdam, Reinbert de Leeuw covers a wide field with his musical activities: conductor, composer, and pianist. Since 1974 he has been conductor and music director of the Schönberg Ensemble. He is also author of a book on Charles Ives and a book with musical essays and has collaborated on eight film documentaries on 20th-century composers such as Messiaen, Ligeti, Gubaidulina, Vivier and Górecki which have been shown on Dutch television and won international acclaim. Mr. de Leeuw regularly conducts Holland’s foremost orchestras and ensembles, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, and ensembles such as the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the ASKO and the Netherlands Wind ensembles, and the orchestras of the Dutch Radio.