The Messiaen recordings of conductor and pianist Reinbert De Leeuw on the Naïve label have long been touchstones of my record library (by which I mean seven or eight years), and his Messiaen has been praised in other esteemed quartiers, as well. Naïve has bundled them all together with Pierre Boulez's own Messiaen disc, with Yvonne Loriod in Oiseaux Exotiques and more, for six CDs that are on sale here for $29.99 this weekend only. Not to downplay the Boulez/Loriod/Ensemble InterContemporain, since it was recorded live at an 80th birthday tribute to Messiaen.
Get your Messiaen Centenary off on the right foot with a host of musicians with names liek De Leeuw, De Zeeuw, De Vlieger, Van Gisjegem, and Maarten, all recommended by Geelhoed. (I meant "like" in the last sentence, but it fits so well with the Dutch that I decided to leave it unchaanged.)
More De Leeuw 20th century goodness is on YouTube, with this tight, incisive performance of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble playing Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments. What's this to do with Messiaen? Stravinsky dedicated it to Debussy, and Messiaen learned stuff from Debussy. The circle it do closeth.