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Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#7 – Regard de la Croix

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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.

#7 – Regard de la Croix

“La Croix lui dit: tu seras prêtre dans mes bras …”

“The Cross said to Him: You will be a priest in my arms …”

Olivier Messiaen.

Christ Crucified, Eglise Saint-Sulpice, Paris © Raphael Wertheimer

“A stone and stable work made on the pillars of the Theme of Star and Cross, full of painful harmonies in the ‘sigh’ rhythmical pattern, Regard de la Croix is the last expression of resistance in front of human destiny, the image of the purest sacrifice, but also the acceptance from the beginning till end.”

Anca Elena.


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