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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #11

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

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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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #10

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#10 – Regard de l’Esprit de joie

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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.

#10 – Regard de l’Esprit de joie

Danse véhémente, ton ivre des cors, transport du Saint-esprit … la joie d’amour du Dieu bienheureux dans l’âme de Jésus-Christ …

“Violent dance, joyous sound of horns, rapture of the Holy Spirit … the joyous love of Blessed God in the Soul of Jesus Christ …”

Olivier Messiaen.

God is joy, this is one of signs of His presence. Regard de l´Esprit de Joie opens up with a “barbarian” dance in neumes, early manifestation of divine union. The joy is lifting up, passing from the foggy spirals of darkness and ignorance, then through a hunting song with jazzy accents and massive virtuosity in chords and, finally, to the Theme of Joy resonating on Christian bells, moment of intense mystical ecstasy. Despite of his theological mottoRegard de l´Esprit de joie is one of the most free and anti-dogmatic work. It seems that we are in front of a new religion which put together the lights of all religions.

Anca Elena.

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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #9

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#9 – Regard du Temps

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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.

#9 – Regard du Temps

“Mystère de la plénitude des temps; le temps voit naître en lui Celui qui est éternel …”

“The mystery of the infinity of Time; Time sees born in itself the One who is Eternal …”

Olivier Messiaen.

Passioned about time research, Messiaen creates an abstract, severe, enigmatic work like a metaphysical painting, Regard du Temps. This short piece is build entirely on exposure of two themes which are shown completely only in the second part of the piece – till then they appear only on fragments. First idea is like a dance, based on a denkhî rhythm, the second is a triple canon with an exotic and mysterious color, like a percussion study.

Anca Elena.

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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #8

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

#8 – Regard des hauteurs

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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.

#8 – Regard des hauteurs

“Gloire dans les hauteurs … les hauteurs descendent sur la crèche comme un chant d’alouette …”

“Glory in the Heights … the Heights descend to the manger like the song of a lark …”

Olivier Messiaen.

Blackbird (Merle noir)

Regard des hauteurs is the first work where Messiaen uses almost exclusively the birds’ song. The Christian signs are missing, the birds being God’s expression is his purest form. The “speaking” of the best musicians of the world is full of imagination, freedom and freshness. Messiaen studied their formulas directly from nature, discovering a large variety of rhythms and melodic lines. We are listening: Le rossignol / The nightingaleL’alouette / The larkLa grive musicienne SongThrushLa fauvette des jardins / Garden Warbler and Le merle noir / Blackbird .”

Anca Elena.

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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #7

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

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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Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project – Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus – #6

Anca Elena in Personal Piano Project

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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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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