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Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#2 – Regard de l’Étoile

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Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus by Olivier Messiaen

“At the origins, this work had to accompany the poems of Maurice Toesca, La Nativité, a project for radio. Playing Vingt Regards sur l`Enfant – Jésus, I imagined the words which could follow the music, the voice of the actor reading the poems, the atmosphere of Christmas, people after the 2nd World War listening it to the radio like a ray of hope after so much craziness of destruction.

The violence is present also in this cycle, a terrible and extremely one. Jesus himself was a victim of it. In Regards we find the chaos before the creation, but also the tenderness of the motherhood, the image of a sweet sleep of Child Jesus, the wonderful freedom and joy of birds… And after all, in the end, Messiaen shows us the Christian window for peace and freedom, which is love.”

Anca Elena.

Anca Elena and Pianists Corner offer you a rendezvous every two weeks. Each rendezvous will contain one Regard. The first episode will be released first week of December.

#2 – Regard de l’Étoile

Choc de la grâce … l’étoile luit naïvement surmontée d’une croix …

The fall of Grace: the Star shines innocently, surmounted by a Cross …

Olivier Messiaen.

Stained glass window in Chartres Cathedral, France

“The explosion of a comet, burning light which inspires ancestral fear, then almost nothing, darkness… Here, on Earth, people can see that star far away, it continues to shine till it gets so close, singing as a human voice… This piece is so short and tells almost the whole story of Jesus ! For me it is like a science fiction movie, the Univers full of stars, with so long distances and times…”

Anca Elena.


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