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Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#4 – Regard de la Vierge

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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.

#4 – Regard de la Vierge

“Innocence et tendresse … la femme de la Pureté, la femme du Magnificat, la Vierge regarde son Enfant …”

“Innocence and tenderness … The woman of purity, the woman of the Magnificat, the Virgin gazes upon her child …”

Olivier Messiaen.

Notre-Dame de la Belle Verrière, Chartres Cathedral

“A lullaby of a mother for her child… She is repeating it so many times till hypnose and so tenderly that the baby is falling asleep… Then the vision of the future: birds, bells, a pray, fear and courage of loving humans… In the end her song comes back, even more calm and tenderly…”

Anca Elena.

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