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Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#6 – Par Lui tout a été fait

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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.

#6 – Par Lui tout a été fait

“Foisonnement des espaces et durées; galaxies, photons, spirales contraires, foudres inverses; par «lui» (le Verbe) tout a été fait … à un moment, la création nous ouvre l’ombre lumineuse de sa Voix …”

“Abundance of space and time; galaxies, photons, contrary spirals, inverted lightning: by Him (The Word) was Everything made … in an instant, creation reveals to us the luminous shadow of His Voice …”

Olivier Messiaen.

© Raphael Wertheimer

“A vision of the Creation, Par Lui tout a été fait is a dodecaphonic fugue, a celebration of the birth of the Universe and the basic energies of nature. 

All counterpoint European tradition is filled with Indian rhythms, a large variety of percussions, mathematics, modern theories of science and theology.

We can listen three cyclic themes of Vingt Regards sur l´Enfant-Jésus :  Theme of God, Theme of Love, and Theme of the Chords in a crazy work full of virtuoso passages.”

Anca Elena.


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