RIP Yvonne Loriod (1924-2010_

Pianist Yvonne Loriod has died at age 86. Loriod was best known for signature interpretations of her husband Oliver Messiaen’s music. After Messiaen’s passing in 1992, she remained a fierce guardian of his legacy as a performer, teacher, and editor of his works. In my opinion, her interview with Peter Hall in the Messiaen Companion remains one of the best short introductions to his life, works, and aesthetic.

Paul Griffiths, an author who’s written compellingly about Messiaen as well, eulogizes Loriod in the NY Times.