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Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus | Stephen Jones: a weblog

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Persevering with my collection onOlivier Messiaen (beginning right here, with most hyperlinks), and following final Christmas’s providing of La nativité du Seigneur, I’m lastly immersing myself within the monumental Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus—composed in 1944 after Messiaen’s launch from POW camp and through the liberation of Paris.

I discover Joanna MacGregor’s notes a helpful companion, supplementing the evocative photos that Messiaen offers within the rating together with her personal insights as a performer—mentioning flashes of boogie-woogie, Tibetan trumpets, calypso, the fluttering of angels’ wings… And concerning the birdsong that consistently decorates Messiaen’s religious imaginative and prescient, as MacGregor observes, of their proximity to God, birds might be light, sleepy, cheeky, melodic, hilarious, quarrelsome, triumphant. Too unhealthy Messiaen by no means obtained to Unfold the Phrase on Twitter Twitter

He composed the cycle for Yvonne Loriod—her full recording, with rating, is right here. Amongst different pianists, Jean-Rodolphe Kars has a selected affinity with


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