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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #5

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#5 – Regard du Fils sur le Fils

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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.

#5 – Regard du Fils sur le Fils

“Mystère, rais de lumière dans la nuit – réfraction de la joie, les oiseaux du silence – la personne du Verbe dans une nature humaine – mariage des natures humaine et divine en Jésus-Christ …”

“Mystery, rays of light in the night – refraction of joy, the birds of silence – the person of the Word made flesh – union of the human and divine natures in Jesus Christ …”

Olivier Messiaen.

Autel de l’église de la Trinité, © Raphael Wertheimer

“There is something hypnotic in that piece, something huge and very stable, the eternity itself. Regard no. 5 is growing up on only one theme, the Theme of God, played very slowly from the beginning till end. Just one theme for a single piece ! No development, only birds over it which are singing freely. The birds of silence appear like a rhythmical canon sounding as Chinese bells – in first section. Three tâlas compose every plan, repeated obsessively, in a pedal. In the second section the birds are really speaking in a wonderful ‘oiseau’ rhetoric.

Memorizing this piece was a challenge, everything and nothing was the same… Till I understood that it is a work of rhythm and colour. Going more on this way, I discovered a temple of beauty! So I had to let the music to exist freely, without my obvious implication. I was just an observer, listening the vibrations of sounds and their mysterious power.”

Anca Elena.

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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #4

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

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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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #3

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#3 – L’Échange

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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.

#3 – L’Échange

“Descente en gerbe, montée en spirale; terrible commerce humano-divin, Dieu se fait homme pour nous rendre dieux …”

“Descending in a spray, rising in a spiral; the terrible trade between humans and God. God made man to make us gods …”

Olivier Messiaen.

“Here is a totally abstract work, a mixture of mathematics and theology, developed on scientific principles!
What is the good of music if it doesn’t speak to souls? Messiaen shows the opposite in this emotionless work, perfect in its frozen architecture. The equality and symmetry of the terms, the almost hallucinating predictability in a twelve-tone sound can be a shock to the music lover and can challenge his sensitivity. This is why this piece is one of the most daring of the cycle Vingt Regards sur l´Enfant-Jésus as an extreme aesthetic essay.”

Anca Elena.

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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #2

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

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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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #1

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#1 – Regard du Père

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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.

#1 – Regard du Père

Et Dieu dit: «Celui-ci est mon Fils bien-aimé en qui j’ai mis toutes mes complaisances …»

And God said: ‘This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased …’

Olivier Messiaen.

Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus by Guido Reni

“The image of God, full of power, mystery and love… Is it a chorus which is singing that theme or there are bells which are sending us their vibrations, like an intuition ? The Theme of God opens the Regards in tranquility, equality and harmony, in a perfect state of mind over human understanding.”

Anca Elena.

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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus

click the thumbnails to go to the pianist page

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.

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