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Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#11 – Première communion 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.

#11 – Première communion de la Vierge

Après l’Annonciation, Marie adore Jésus en elle … mon Dieu, mon fils, mon Magnificat! – mon amour sans bruit de paroles …

After the Annunciation, Mary adores Jesus within her … My God, my Son, my Magnificat! – my love without the sound of words …

Olivier Messiaen.

Contemplation of Holy Virgin Mary pregnant… A divine peace is surrounding her presence… While waiting for the birth of Child Jesus, she has a vision of Him in light – a quote of La Vierge et l´Enfant. Time stops, everything is surreal but also true, when we can understand the sense of  eternity. The most significant moment of the piece is when she can perceive the heartbeat of her Baby / Battement du Coeur de l`Enfant. Messiaen goes over his limited experience as human to a very realistic moment of a feminine experience, through the power of grace. The final brings the same peace and silence of the beginning…

Anca Elena.


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