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  • Performer:
    Steven Osborne
  • Title:
    Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
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  • Date of release:
    2002
  • Duration:
    02:06:26
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Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus ("Twenty contemplations on the infant Jesus") is a suite of 20 pieces for solo piano by the French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). It was composed in 1944 for Yvonne Loriod. A typical performance lasts about two hours. There are 20 movements: Regard du Père ("Contemplation of the Father"). Regard de l'étoile ("Contemplation of the star"). L'échange ("The exchange").

Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus. Regards (20) sur l'enfant Jésus, for piano, I/27. 1. Regard du Père. 2. Regard de l'Étoile. 4. Regard de la Vierge. 5. Regard du Fils sur le Fils. 15. Le baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus. 6. 16. Regards des prophètes, des bergers et des Mages.

CD 3 - Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jesus (2008). Vingt Regards Sur L'enfant-Jesus (1) Regard Du Pere.

The Hyperion recording is fuller, and Osborne's approach bolder; he uses an immense dynamic range, and tackles every technical challenge head on. His playing is the more viscerally exciting; under his fingers a piece such as the sixth Regard, Par Lui Tout a Été Fait, generates enormous tension, while Hill typically is more concerned with the colours the music evokes, with its crystalline structure and intricate detail as well as its athletic potential.

Messiaen's widow, Yvonne Loriod, was so impressed with Steven Osborne's 1999 performance of Trois Petites Liturgies that she invited him to Paris to study the larger piano works. Since then Osborne has performed Messiaen's epic piano cycle Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus a number of times in public, a work which draws enormously on reserves of stamina, strength and dexterity. The work was written during the German occupation of France, where basic services such as electricity were becoming so scarce that even the Paris Opéra closed for a time.

Messiaen's Vingt Regards is a monumental work whose 20 pieces, each with a programmatic religious-spiritual title, run over two hours and demand a pianist, like Steven Osborne, with the virtuosity and idiomatic mastery to do them justice. To the unwary, there's a contradiction between the music's elevated spiritual concerns and the richly textured sounds that reach the ear, especially since those sounds are bathed in sensuous harmonies and modernist chords. Steven Osborne's recording of Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus gets to the heart of the matter. It realizes the two-fold nature of Messiaen's masterpiece; and in doing so, it fully reveals this music as not only an enormously intellectual challenge but as an immensely powerful emotional and spiritual one as well.

Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th century: encounter an astonishing tour-de-force. One of the most deeply spritual of all his compositions, Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is a monumental piano work that has been recorded to critical acclaim by Steven Osborne, whose insightful interpretations of a wide range of repertoire show immense musical depth

Credits

Anthony B. Faulkner - Engineer
Richard Howard - Research
Andrew Keener - Producer
Marie Lucchetta - Liner Note Translation
Bernd Müller - Liner Note Translation
Steven Osborne - Piano, Primary Artist
Tim Parry - Booklet Editor
Simon Perry - Executive Producer
Keith Saunders - Photography
Terry Shannon - Cover Design
Nigel Simeone - Liner Notes
Michael Spring - Executive Producer
Anne Steeb - Liner Note Translation

Track List - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
Regards (20) sur l'enfant Jésus, for piano, I/27
1 1. Regard du Père Steven Osborne 8:11
2 2. Regard de l'Étoile Steven Osborne 2:50
3 3. L'échange Steven Osborne 3:38
4 4. Regard de la Vierge Steven Osborne 5:04
5 5. Regard du Fils sur le Fils Steven Osborne 6:53
6 6. Par Lui tout à été fait Steven Osborne 9:41
7 7. Regard de la Croix Steven Osborne 4:27
8 8. Regard des hauteurs Steven Osborne 2:14
9 9. Regard du Temps Steven Osborne 2:45
10 10. Regard de l'Esprit de joie Steven Osborne 8:43

Track List - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
Regards (20) sur l'enfant Jésus, for piano, I/27
1 11. Première communion de la Vierge Steven Osborne 7:51
2 12. La parole toute puissante Steven Osborne 2:19
3 13. Noël Steven Osborne 4:11
4 14. Regard des Anges Steven Osborne 4:50
5 15. Le baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus Steven Osborne 11:42
6 16. Regards des prophètes, des bergers et des Mages Steven Osborne 3:09
7 17. Regard du silence Steven Osborne 5:31
8 18. Regard de l'Onction terrible Steven Osborne 6:23
9 19. Je dors, mais mon cœur veille Steven Osborne 10:30
10 20. Regard de l'Église d'amour Steven Osborne 15:34